Economy

  • 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.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    Rural districts are likely to benefit hugely from radical changes in the way Scotland's 15 health boards are funded. But the new system is not likely to be implemented before 2001/02, it emerged this...
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    The Prescription Pricing Authority has suggested setting aside its prescription backlog, wiping out two months' data, as one way of getting future prescribing information to health authorities and...
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    Welsh health authorities and trusts face another year of deep cuts in services, despite receiving an extra £14m from the National Assembly.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    The NHS will be spared the rigid Best Value regime imposed on local government and will focus on back-room support rather than clinical services.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    The reputation of government executive agencies has been dealt another blow this week after auditor general Sir John Bourn accused the Courts Funds Office of financial mismanagement and losing track...
  • Public Finance
    16 Sep 99
    Scotland's new auditor general wants water authorities to lose the freedom to appoint their own auditors.
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    Alnwick District Council is facing a £5m compensation claim from supermarket giant Safeway after the High Court upheld Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's decision to scrap an out-of-town shopping...
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    The Housing Corporation has apologised to five housing associations for not warning them that they were to be publicly criticised over the size of their rent increases.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 99
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has confirmed that local authorities will be able to introduce congestion charges, with the revenue ring-fenced for local transport schemes.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jul 99
    In the normal world, a deficit is a deficit. But, in the world of NHS finance, such simple rules do not apply.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    The top 25 equipment projects commissioned by the Ministry of Defence are expected to cost £2.8bn more than originally forecast and will enter service on average more than three and a half years late...
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    A scientific research council has been severely criticised by the Public Accounts Committee for a 'lack of management grip' in the implementation of a new computer system.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    The Treasury will give financial backing to any Private Finance Initiative scheme that ends up on the public sector balance sheet because of new accounting rules, Public Finance has learned.

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