Local government

  • Public Finance
    24 Aug 00
    Civil service targets to increase the numbers of ethnic minority staff in Whitehall are unrealistic, inaccurate and disappointing, the chair of the Commission for Racial Equality has warned.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jul 00
    Local government leaders are savouring a small but significant victory in their long-running turf war with Westminster over control of frontline services.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jul 00
    The government is to widen its data access powers with plans to equip benefit investigators with overarching new rights to access people's bank accounts, pension plans even gas bills under a...
  • Public Finance
    20 Jul 00
    Scottish local government workers are gearing up for a summer of industrial action after the collapse of pay talks with employers.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    Local authorities remain concerned about the financial burden of coping with asylum seekers, despite news that the government will support newcomers who are not entitled to benefits.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    Just two out of five local authorities in London are coping with complex changes to housing benefit introduced during the past year, according to a new report.
  • 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.

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