Children

  • Public Finance
    19 Feb 04
    Young children and pregnant women are to benefit from a healthy eating drive as part of government efforts to tackle increasing obesity.
  • Public Finance
    19 Feb 04
    More than 50% of people in England are not registered with a National Health Service dentist, new figures have revealed. They show that only 44% of adults and 60% of children were signed on last year...
  • Public Finance
    19 Feb 04
    A government task force formed to help councils meet the decent homes target is set to be disbanded after fewer than three years.
  • Public Finance
    12 Feb 04
    The head of the consortium that will manage the government's £125m fund to help charities be more effective in public service delivery hopes to use some of the money to test the viability of long-...
  • Public Finance
    5 Feb 04
    Teaching unions this week laid the blame for the latest increase in the number of failing schools squarely with funding shortages and the school inspectorate's 'shifting goalposts'.
  • Public Finance
    5 Feb 04
    The Department for Education and Skills has admitted that it plans to cut up to 800 jobs as part of an efficiency review that is likely to have repercussions across other Whitehall departments.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jan 04
    Local government leaders are to urge ministers to review the entire regulatory framework for councils, while broadly endorsing the Audit Commission's planned reforms to the Comprehensive Performance...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jan 04
    Ofsted is to change its approach from this month with a lighter-touch inspection regime for local education authorities.
  • Public Finance
    18 Dec 03
    The Treasury is committing more than £4bn to its 'untried' baby savings scheme which may only benefit the children of affluent families, MPs warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    18 Dec 03
    Pharmaceutical companies must undergo a radical change in the way they choose, research and develop new drugs and treatments, the King's Fund said this week.
  • Public Finance
    11 Dec 03
    Nearly twice as many families are living in bed-and-breakfast style accommodation than are shown by official statistics, according to Barnardo's.
  • Public Finance
    11 Dec 03
    If the issue of foundation hospitals made 2003 a rough year for the government, top-up fees look likely to produce a repeat performance in 2004.
  • Public Finance
    11 Dec 03
    Teaching unions have hit back at the chief inspector of schools after he blamed inadequate teaching for the lack of progress towards targets for literacy and numeracy among primary school children.
  • Public Finance
    4 Dec 03
    Council chief executives this week criticised the government's proposed overhaul of child care across Britain, claiming it was 'too limited' and 'overly focused on local government structures'.
  • Public Finance
    27 Nov 03
    Local authorities, refugee groups and social workers have condemned controversial plans put forward by the government in this year's Queen's Speech to take the children of failed asylum seekers into...
  • Public Finance
    27 Nov 03
    The government will not impose a single capping threshold on local authorities whose council tax increases are deemed to be excessive, Public Finance has learned, but councils will be expected to...
  • Public Finance
    27 Nov 03
    Public services viewed by Labour as key 'battlegrounds' in the run-up to the next election received 'below average' reviews in a strategy document released by the Prime Minister's office this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Nov 03
    Plans for the Audit Commission and National Audit Office to merge in Wales have been enthusiastically supported by the heads of the two watchdogs.
  • Public Finance
    20 Nov 03
    Councils are winning their battle to reduce the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families.
  • Public Finance
    13 Nov 03
    NHS Direct must expand its capacity if it is to meet demand from patients and achieve the targets set by the government, the Commission for Health Improvement said this week.
  • Public Finance
    30 Oct 03
    A shadow was cast over plans to introduce a database for children this week after the British Medical Association said it would breach data protection law, while local authorities were also revealed...
  • Public Finance
    23 Oct 03
    Town hall leaders fear the government is pressing ahead too quickly with its reforms to children's services, after Education Secretary Charles Clarke revealed he wanted a Bill in next month's Queen's...
  • Public Finance
    16 Oct 03
    Social care is to get its own voice in Whitehall with the creation of a national director of social care, Health Secretary John Reid told social services chiefs this week.
  • Public Finance
    16 Oct 03
    The government has rejected independent research commissioned by the National Union of Teachers suggesting that this year's schools' funding crisis has resulted in the loss of almost 9,000 teaching...
  • Public Finance
    18 Sep 03
    The Liberal Democrats go into their conference at Brighton next week hoping for a boost from having either won or taken second place in the Brent East by-election, which was due to take place on 18...

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