Local government

  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Risk management can have a major impact on councils' progress in achieving strategic objectives and is not a 'one-off exercise', the Audit Commission has warned.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Birmingham City Council is setting a precedent in housing transfers by asking lenders to underwrite loans worth £1bn before it consults tenants over the move.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Peter Mandelson has outlined a vision of English devolution that puts 'people before structures' and gives communities the tools to bring about their own renaissance.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    More than 135 companies have expressed an interest in joining a groundbreaking NHS public-private partnership, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Newcastle upon Tyne is a city riven by divisions. On one side are hip Labour councillors ready to plough as much as £488,000 into a youth culture event, the Love Parade.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The make-or-break date for the government's policy on directly elected mayors looks increasingly like October 18 after Brighton and Hove Council became the latest authority to declare it will hold a...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Fraud Squad officers have been called in to investigate financial irregularities in the Scottish Borders Council (SBC), as the authority's internal inquiry into a near-£4m overspend nears its...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Teachers this week demanded radical reductions in their workload and were given a surprisingly sympathetic ear from their employers.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    The controversy over the future of public services continued to rage this week with warnings that Tony Blair's plans for widespread private sector involvement to drive up standards could become '...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Councils at the vanguard of on-line service delivery have blamed the private sector's unwillingness to form close partnerships and their own uncertainties over procurement for the hesitant...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Local authorities must raise the profile of procurement and increase the strategic role of elected members, according to a new report.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Pensioners, fishermen and schoolchildren in the Berkshire borough of Bracknell Forest will soon be able to access council services through a single smart card.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Nursing-home owners in Devon are having a crisis meeting with the new leaders of the county council in a last-ditch attempt to solve their bitter dispute over fees.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Sir Andrew Foster will take over as head of the Best Value Inspectorate after Wendy Thomson was poached by 10 Downing Street to head up a new team advising Tony Blair on public service reform.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Twenty-seven councils have been given the green light to sell off swathes of their housing stock as the government renewed its commitment last week to the large-scale transfer of council housing to...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has warned that the capital's social and public infrastructure is falling apart because of a lack of investment by central government.
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    Brighton's refuse collectors could take over the multi-million pound contract to clean the city's streets following the removal of private sector waste firm Sita.
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers has signalled the roll-out of local Public Service Agreements to all top-tier authorities by announcing £300m of unsupported credit approvals (UCAs) for...
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    Deprived communities in Wales are to benefit from an £83m regeneration programme aimed at tackling social disadvantage, Edwina Hart, Assembly Minister for Finance, Local Government and Communities...
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    A new rail safety authority to replace the overstretched and understaffed railway inspectorate is likely to emerge from the soul-searching following the Paddington rail disaster.
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    Local authorities should be given the freedom to use US-style bonds to finance capital investment, a report has urged.
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    The government intends to give the private sector fixed-term contracts to manage schools and more 'sponsorship opportunities' under a legislative programme designed to place more pressure on public...
  • Public Finance
    14 Jun 01
    Labour's big idea for local government, directly elected mayors, has flunked a big test and flunked it badly.
  • Public Finance
    14 Jun 01
    Andrew Pinder, the e-envoy, has admitted to a fundamental difference of opinion with Tony Blair on the government's strategy for delivering services over the Internet.
  • Public Finance
    14 Jun 01
    Frontline First is to be the Labour government's renewed watchword as it pursues its root-and-branch reform of the public services.

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