Local government

  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Local authorities breathed a sigh of relief this week as the government endorsed CIPFA's Best Value Accounting Code, accepting the argument that self-regulation is preferable to secondary legislation...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The introduction of directly elected city-region mayors whose responsibilities would cover a much wider territory than previously proposed is being considered by the government.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Government warnings to local authorities to keep down council tax rises may have been heeded. Early forecasts, based on counties' figures, suggest bills will rise by about 6% on average in line...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    PricewaterhouseCoopers last week announced its intention to split its business operations into at least two divisions, recognising the complaints of conflicts of interest in the Big Five firms.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Social landlords are stepping up pressure on the government to improve the way councils pay housing benefit, ahead of any long-term changes to the benefits system.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The government was this week accused of being the country's most wasteful landlord as new figures show that almost one in five public sector properties is empty.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The National Assembly for Wales has announced an extra £2m for children's services following a damning report that traced two decades of child abuse in local authority homes.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The government has been forced radically to revise its attempts to regenerate the regions after a damning report from its own Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) criticised Labour's approach as...
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Auditors could be forced into making political decisions for which they are ill-equipped under the new Best Value regime, a House of Commons committee was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    The development of health and social services in Northern Ireland has been halted with the return of political uncertainty in the province.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    Housing associations have been promised lighter regulation and less bureaucracy as the Housing Corporation studies new ways to cope with the growing number of registered social landlords (RSLs).
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    A new video featuring ethnic minority civil servants will be taken into local communities to try to change Whitehall's 'all white' image, Cabinet Office minister Mo Mowlam announced this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    The government has insisted that legislation creating directly elected mayors will still be law by the summer, despite this week's defeat in the House of Lords of part of the Local Government Bill.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector for schools, has warned that performance-related pay will have little real impact on teachers' earnings, because one in ten head teachers are incapable of...
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson this week admitted there was scope for changing the way government departments are funded, and that they could even consider bidding for money from a central 'pot...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Local authorities scooped the pool in this week's Charter Mark awards, garnering 41% of the prizes announced by Cabinet Office Minister Mo Mowlam.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    French, Italian, Portuguese and Belgian environment ministers were gathering in Brussels this week to back calls for 'Car-Free Day 2000' to be extended across the European Union. The launch on...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Receipts on France's state-run Pari-Mutuel (PMU) horse race betting network are rising, which is good news for the French ministry of finance. The bad news is that the rise is only slight and the...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Ministers will lead a robust reaffirmation of government policy at Labour's Local Governance conference this weekend when they will tell local authorities in blunt terms to 'reform or die'.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    National Health Service bed numbers came under renewed scrutiny this week. A spot check revealed that patients were waiting on trolleys much longer than the Department of Health's four-hour limit.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    The NHS is failing to meet its New Deal target and there is evidence that a significant number of health service employers have yet to commit themselves to the initiative.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Lack of management resources could threaten the success of primary care groups, the commissioning bodies warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Conservatives in local government this week defended the sacking of John Redwood, one of the few high-profile members of William Hague's shadow cabinet, claiming he was part of the 'party's past'.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    By Maria McHale Education leaders have warned the government that its standards agenda will suffer if councils are forced to fund in full the 3.3% teachers' pay rise announced this week. Education...
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Best Value audit and inspection fees are likely to cost English and Welsh councils £56m.

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