Crime & Justice

  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Violence and aggression against staff could be costing the NHS £69m a year, the National Audit Office said this week. In a report, A safer place to work: protecting NHS hospital and ambulance staff...
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 03
    Taxpayers will be millions of pounds worse off during the next 30 years because ex-council homes are being renovated by new landlords rather than by local authorities, the National Audit Office said...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    The government is in danger of leaving more children in care and custody than ever before, despite its good intentions to tackle anti-social behaviour, the children's charity Barnardo's warned this...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    The head of the NHS's newly beefed-up counter fraud and security agency has vowed to clamp down on violent assaults against staff in the sector after union claims that the number of incidents is on...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    Prisons have suffered a huge turnover of governors and record sickness levels among staff, the Prison Reform Trust has claimed. In research published this week, the pressure group said that just...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 03
    It was not the news that Health Secretary Alan Milburn already facing an embarrassing backbench revolt over foundation trusts and accusations of widespread waiting list fiddling by hospitals...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 03
    The government is to delegate responsibility for checking potential workers' identities to 'registered bodies' such as local authorities in an attempt to overhaul the beleaguered Criminal Records...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 03
    A former local authority chief executive this week started work as the UK's newest crimebuster. Powers came into force on February 25 which allow Jane Earl to go after the assets of criminals as...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 03
    Capita, the business services group, said it expected to double its revenue from transport projects in 2003, following the apparent success of the London congestion charging scheme. Despite a...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 03
    Unison Scotland has called for the effective abolition of the Private Finance Initiative in a manifesto launched ahead of May's elections for the country's Parliament. It said: 'The time has come...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 03
    A Commons committee has accused Whitehall departments of repeated administrative failures and departmental indifference in their approach to the Parliamentary ombudsman.
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    Holloway prison in north London continues to have a 'grossly inadequate' regime, despite showing signs of a commitment to tackle its problems, according to the latest report from inspectors. Anne...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    It's been a remarkably successful few weeks for London Mayor Ken Livingstone. His £2.7bn budget for 2003/04 was passed with surprisingly little opposition, while his controversial £5 congestion...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    Ofsted, the schools' inspectorate, has insisted that it will meet its March deadline to inspect and register all childminders and nurseries, despite a growing backlog of checks. A spokeswoman told...
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 03
    ? ??ew Foster, the outgoing controller of the Audit Commission, talks to Mike Thatcher Vincent Square will be a much quieter place when Sir Andrew Foster finally moves on later this year. The...
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 03
    The permanent secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department was forced to apologise to MPs this week after admitting that he misled them over the progress of the Libra IT project. Sir Hayden...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 03
    The Private Finance Initiative is delivering most central government building projects on time and at, or below, estimated cost, the National Audit Office said in a report this week.
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 03
    Prison reformers have demanded a review of the Home Office's policy of jailing minors after a damning report was issued this week on the privately run Ashfield young offenders institution in...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 03
    Westminster City Council warned that it was on a 'collision course' with the Office for National Statistics this week as the row over census data escalated with the publication of the final local...
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 03
    Child protection agencies have joined forces to try to stop vulnerable children slipping through the net as Lord Laming's damning report on the Victoria Climbié case was published.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 03
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone is on the point of sealing a deal with the government to transfer the London Underground to his control, after a prolonged dispute over a possible £1.5bn funding gap in...
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 03
    A decade-long catalogue of failures by the Lord Chancellor's Department and a private contractor has turned what should have been a straightforward IT scheme into arguably 'the shoddiest Private...
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 03
    The Audit Commission this week published guidance for councils aimed at raising community involvement in local government.
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 03
    Westminster City Council is on the brink of launching legal action against the government's registrar general after allegations that the 2001 census was wildly inaccurate.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    Average council tax bills in London are likely to top £1,000 if Mayor Ken Livingstone's estimated cost of policing the capital in the wake of heightened terrorism fears is accepted by the London...

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