Economy

  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    The government's attempts to modernise Whitehall were stepped up this week with the publication of the second report of the Public Services Productivity Panel.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    By Maria McHale Education leaders have warned the government that its standards agenda will suffer if councils are forced to fund in full the 3.3% teachers' pay rise announced this week. Education...
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Gordon Brown has huge room for manoeuvre between tax cuts, spending increases and debt repayment, according to the annual unofficial guide to the chancellor's budget options published this week by...
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    National park authorities are angry over the government's failure to fund their Best Value audit costs.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    The public sector has failed to get behind the New Deal in the same way as business, Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett said this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Andrew Dilnot, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and a beady-eyed monitor of public spending plans, is a leading candidate to head the government's revamped statistics service.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Though few NHS managers would deny nurses and doctors their inflation-busting pay awards, the government's acceptance of the review bodies' recommendations has given them an almighty headache.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Whether the outbreak of flu sweeping Britain is an epidemic is a moot point. Statistically, it isn't. The official figures for reported cases are little more than for January last year.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    English National Parks this week warned that the disappointing financial settlement for 2000/01 could delay essential conservation projects and hamper its ability to respond to government priorities...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Department of Health has signalled a cautious start to its latest modernisation initiative, confirming that only 15 primary care trusts will be formed this year. Thirteen PCTs will be launched on...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Police funding must be doubled for the next three years to avoid cuts in staffing, police authorities in England and Wales will tell the Home Office next month.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    The Treasury wants members of its public services directorate to shadow head teachers, NHS executives and senior local government officials to establish a better grasp of government spending...
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Britain's largest council, Birmingham City, this week elected an all-Labour Cabinet team as political reforms at the authority gathered pace.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    The Treasury has blocked key parts of a radical Whitehall reform programme drawn up by senior mandarins in a last-minute wrangle over cash.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Local government does not have a single black finance director, the Employers' Organisation has found.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Schools minister Estelle Morris has conceded that the government is creating and promoting a market for the private sector to take over the running of failing schools.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    League tables could be introduced across the criminal justice system after a critical National Audit Office study found up to £84m could be saved by eliminating waste and spreading good practice.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    A High Court victory by homeless families who objected to being placed in seaside accommodation will add to the spiralling cost of homelessness in London, local authorities warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The government has published the bill detailing its move to resource accounting, describing the changes as the 'biggest reform and modernisation programme since the Gladstone era'.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    A rise of 7% has been forecast in council tax almost three times the rate of inflation in the next financial year, with householders facing an average £56 increase in their bills.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The Treasury is to more than double the number of cross-government spending programmes but has played down claims that this is an assault on the financial independence of individual Whitehall...
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The National Association of Head Teachers has accused local education authorities of undermining school self-management and creating a dependency culture because of the way they distribute grants to...
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    Auditors this week demanded that European commissioners seize a 'historic opportunity' and overhaul working practices in the European Union to stop the annual haemorrhaging of millions of pounds.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    Legislation that will pave the way for the setting up of the new body to promote the Private Finance Initiative, Partnerships UK (Puk), was published this week after the Queen's Speech.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    The health service is being urged to reduce its deficit next year, even if that means postponing initiatives and cutting other services, finance managers said this week.

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