Local government

  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Greater local freedom is the way ahead for the health service, according to NHS Confederation chief executive Stephen Thornton.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    Globalisation presents economic challenges to local authorities while raising the expectations of the electorate, according to Sir Michael Lyons.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The costs and benefits of projects run by regeneration bodies should be independently audited in future, according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The Rural Services Partnership (RSP) has called on the government to include its demand for a 'rural round-table' as one of the recommendations in a white paper due to be published in the summer.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The government has expanded the specialist schools programme and published research showing that such schools are raising standards faster than their mainstream counterparts.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The row over whether the NHS should be given full responsibility for the care of the elderly resurfaced this week as the Local Government Association claimed an Audit Commission report backed the...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Knowing they're on the street where you live could save local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales £200m.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The waves of modernisation sweeping through local government are producing far-reaching changes in the way authorities provide services and do business with their partners in the private and...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The Local Government Association has set up its own hit squad to establish how education authorities can intervene effectively to turn around failing schools under their control.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Ken Livingstone has called for the 33 London boroughs to be abolished and replaced with 14 or 15 larger authorities with increased responsibilities, including control of health and transport.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Lord Neill, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, launched a swingeing attack on the government's Freedom of Information Bill at the CIPFA conference in Brighton on June 14.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Integration of health and social services in England came a step closer this week as Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced a new post amalgamating the positions of chief executive of the NHS...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Public sector organisations came out on top in four of the 15 categories at last week's Digital Britain awards organised by Microsoft.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Political leaders could face isolation and have little control over democracy with increasing use of the Internet, Barry Quirk, chief executive of the London Borough of Lewisham, has warned.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The public sector must stop seeing leadership skills as a personality defect, Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson told CIPFA delegates on June 14.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The ratings agency Standard & Poor's has issued its first rating for a local authority in Britain. Huntingdonshire District Council has been awarded a triple-A long-term issuer credit rating.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tony Blair breezed back into Downing Street this week after completing his paternity leave with a vow to sort out the care of the elderly.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Traditional travelling fairs could help trigger an urban renaissance, and local authorities that do not encourage them are 'foolish', according to a new report from MPs.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tameside local education authority this week received a yellow card from schools' inspectorate Ofsted and was told to put its house in order or face further action.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Local authorities in northern England are counting the cost of massive clean-up operations following serious flooding last weekend. The bill may come to as much as £15m, according to some estimates.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Worcestershire Health Authority has slammed an independent report into its Private Finance Initiative hospital project as 'breathtakingly inaccurate'.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    A government advisory body has published new guidance for local councils on Private Finance Initiative contracts.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Labour think-tank the Fabian Society has called for pilot studies of compulsory voting to be carried out in local elections.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Asylum seekers must be offered more than just a roof over their heads in the provinces if the government's new dispersal policy is to prove successful, according to an Audit Commission report,...
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    The Department of Health is planning to include private health providers in contingency plans to avoid a repeat of last winter's hospital beds crisis.

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