Local government

  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Prime Minister Tony Blair's vision of installing directly elected mayors in English cities is looking increasingly shaky as previously pacesetting authorities apply the brakes.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Twenty-two of the poorest neighbourhoods in England have secured a total of more than £1bn in central government regeneration funding over the next ten years.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    The Treasury has saved £6.5bn on the housing benefit bill since 1996 because of restrictions on claims introduced by the last government, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    GPs are angry that much is evident. The actions of those who on May Day closed their surgeries to all but emergency cases led family doctors to be mentioned in the same breath as the militant anti-...
  • Public Finance
    26 Apr 01
    The Audit Commission has announced the results of its largest audit services' procurement exercise in which it awarded 38 'framework' contracts worth £34m.
  • Public Finance
    26 Apr 01
    Doctors and managers backed Health Secretary Alan Milburn this week as he announced sweeping reforms to decentralise the NHS and cut at least £100m from the service's administration to plough back...
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 01
    Transport funding in Scotland is lagging way behind that of England and is producing a two-tier system, according to the chairman of the government's Commission for Integrated Transport.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 01
    Rural county councils are defying the prime minister's calls for the countryside to be 'open for business' by planning to keep footpaths and rights of way closed over the Easter weekend.
  • Public Finance
    5 Apr 01
    Local authorities are facing an administrative headache and a hefty bill after the government's decision to put back the local shire county elections and in all probability the general election...
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    Many councils are not doing enough to provide their services electronically and could get left behind if they do not act soon, local government minister Beverley Hughes warned last week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    The Improvement and Development Agency (Idea) has signed a ground-breaking deal to provide an e-procurement portal that could create one of the 'largest marketplaces in Europe'.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    A picture of departmental conflict and policy incoherence emerges in last week's report on waste management from the Commons' environment select committee. The result, it implies, is that local...
  • Public Finance
    22 Mar 01
    Most council environmental services in England have improved in recent years, according to the Audit Commission's latest performance indicators.
  • Public Finance
    22 Mar 01
    The government is to abolish the present system of local authority capital controls in favour of proposals in the green paper on local government finance.
  • Public Finance
    22 Mar 01
    The local government pay negotiations became deadlocked this week, with unions warning of an 'extremely serious situation' if employers fail to improve on their 3% pay offer.
  • Public Finance
    21 Mar 01
    Angus MacKay, the Scottish Finance and Local Government Minister, has called for the country's councils to do more to develop community planning.
  • Public Finance
    15 Mar 01
    The weather may have relented after what seems like the wettest winter since Noah, but Britain is ill-prepared for the next inundation. Its flood defences are still leaking like a sieve, according to...
  • Public Finance
    15 Mar 01
    Postal voting could replace polling stations in rural areas as ministers battle to keep the May 3 English local elections on course despite the spread of foot and mouth disease.
  • Public Finance
    15 Mar 01
    The London boroughs have blamed the excessive demands of London Mayor Ken Livingstone for an average 8.1% hike in council tax.
  • Public Finance
    8 Mar 01
    A new education funding system could be in place by next year after a decision to fast-track changes to the existing school finance mechanism.
  • Public Finance
    8 Mar 01
    An Ofsted report published this week revealed that six first-round Education Action Zones had failed to raise educational standards in secondary schools and, apart from 'small-scale' activities,...
  • Public Finance
    8 Mar 01
    Staff across the public sector could be wasting thousands of working hours surfing the Internet for pornography, booking holidays or even managing their stocks and shares on-line, an exclusive survey...
  • Public Finance
    8 Mar 01
    Regional development agencies will get full financial flexibility from 2002/03, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced in the Budget this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Mar 01
    The Local Government Association has rapped councils for their lack of progress on race relations.
  • Public Finance
    1 Mar 01
    The Treasury is to raid its coffers for around £137m in emergency aid for farmers as foot and mouth disease spreads across the country.

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