Local government

  • Public Finance
    1 Mar 01
    Partnerships UK, the Treasury-owned body set up to oversee joint ventures between the public sector and the business community, is itself to become a public-private partnership.
  • Public Finance
    1 Mar 01
    Londoners' major gripe with their councils' services is their complaints procedures, according to a new survey.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 01
    The Local Government Association has called on European institutions to tackle accusations of 'top-down' decision-making by renegotiating relations with other tiers of government.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 01
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has given the clearest signal yet that if Labour wins a second term in government it will set up elected regional assemblies.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 01
    The probation service must balance conflicting local and national demands on its resources if it is to improve its services, according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 01
    Bristol's Labour councillors may be dismayed after the city's residents shot their education spending plans to pieces last week in the first budget referendum to be held in a major city.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 01
    Whitehall's senior mandarins are likely to face a barrage of criticism in the next few weeks from a report that slates their race relations record.
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 01
    The government tried to face down a barrage of criticism this week over its plans to 'transform' the secondary school system.
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 01
    Crisis-ridden Hackney Council has launched a fraud investigation following the discovery of irregular cash transfers between bank accounts, Public Finance has learned.
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 01
    Local government leaders are breathing a sigh of relief following publication of the government's long-awaited white paper on the knowledge economy on February 13.
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 01
    Sir Michael Bichard, permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Employment, has announced unexpectedly that he will leave Whitehall at the end of May.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Although local authority fraud is down for the first time in ten years, councils still face an uphill battle to control housing benefit fraud, the Audit Commission warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A last-minute £188m cash injection into this week's local government finance settlement may not be enough to head off mounting pay and service pressures, warn councils.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A south London borough's £1bn-plus regeneration programme is under the spotlight after the shock resignation of its mayor from the Labour group last week.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    The number of vacant council and housing association properties is rising in spite of an overall decrease in empty homes, new figures reveal.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A consortium of Welsh local authorities is demanding the Home Office keep its promise to reimburse them for money spent developing services to help asylum seekers.
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Cemeteries, it appears, have become perilous places. According to the Association of Burial Authorities, the problem is the gravestones themselves: one in ten, it says, is a public danger. Crumbling...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    According to the Home Office, the UK has a proud tradition of providing a safe haven for 'genuine' asylum seekers.
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has pledged an extra £100m for the government's neighbourhood renewal fund, doubling the amount of money being given to deprived areas next year. The money is in...
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 01
    Local authority and NHS leaders this week called on the government to give district councils the right to scrutinise local health services.
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 01
    Unison has agreed to suspend strike action in Scottish local authorities after securing a number of 'guarantees' from employers which could lead to a £5 an hour minimum wage for workers.
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    Plans by four councils to experiment with all-postal ballots to increase voter turnout at local elections could be scuppered by the imminent General Election
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    Staff at the London Borough of Hackney are to escalate their industrial action against the drastic cuts the council has drawn up to tackle its financial crisis
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    Local authorities hoping arm's length management companies will prove an attractive alternative to the wholesale transfer of council housing may face a tortuous journey setting one up
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    London local authorities are to demand emergency funds to support refugees amid signs that the government's national dispersal scheme is faltering

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