Local government

  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The government's favourite stick-and-carrot approach to public services is to be applied to the NHS with a vengeance. To the best, a bundle of cash; to the worst, the black spot.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The Audit Commission is considering a radical review of its fee structure and audit process so that small local authorities pay lower amounts.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The Treasury has ordered drastic action to curb unacceptably high levels of ill-health retirement among public sector workers that cost taxpayers £1bn a year in pensions.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The world's first web-based procurement system for the public sector has been launched in the US, just one week after the UK government abandoned similar plans for departments in Whitehall.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    In a manoeuvre which is bound to antagonise the Department for Education and Employment, the LGA has teamed up with the Capita Group to launch its own consultancy service to shore up beleaguered...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    The Local Government Association has condemned Conservative Party plans to bypass local education authorities as 'barmy'.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    The government's vision of town halls delivering services to the public via the Internet and digital TV will fail without further funding, local government leaders have warned.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    The Local Government Association's Labour group has won approval for a series of key policy amendments from Labour's National Policy Forum (NPF). The amendments were put forward to the NPF, which was...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    Government plans to introduce an 'electronic shopping mall' to buy stationery and other staple items through on-line catalogues have been abandoned.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    Democracy activists in Liverpool are launching a campaign for a directly elected mayor in the city.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    The Blair government's determination to downgrade local authorities in favour of control from Whitehall has been likened to Soviet-style centralist rule by the leader of the Local Government...
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Home Secretary Jack Straw has criticised local authorities for ignoring requests for accommodation to house asylum seekers as part of the national dispersal scheme.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Ken Livingstone launched a blistering attack on central government's domineering attitude towards local authorities at the LGA conference.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    A root-and-branch overhaul of Scottish local government is set to be triggered by the publication this week of the Kerley report on regenerating local democracy.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn is to use his speech to the NHS Confederation conference on June 30 to announce an additional £60m investment in information technology for the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    The government must adequately fund the proposed 'right to roam' network or local authorities face a crippling financial burden, the Liberal Democrats have warned.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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.

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