Local government

  • 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
    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
    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
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    Police authorities are warning of a tight year ahead despite the seemingly generous 10% funding increase announced in November
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    Andrew Foster has received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List
  • Public Finance
    4 Jan 01
    The government has denied that schools around the country are suffering from teacher 'famine'
  • Public Finance
    14 Dec 00
    Tony Blair's targets for the electronic delivery of public services are unlikely to be met, according to a survey of Public Finance readers.
  • Public Finance
    14 Dec 00
    Local authorities were due to discover this week how much they will be able to spend on housing under a new system of capital allocations.
  • Public Finance
    14 Dec 00
    Trade union demands for a £1,000 pay rise for every council employee in England and Wales would cost local authorities £800m per year, according to their representative body.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    London local authorities could be forced to levy higher council taxes to finance Mayor Ken Livingstone's £60m plans to boost the Metropolitan Police.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The new head of the NHS Executive said this week that he aims to create a single health service, breaking down the barriers between public health, social services and the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The Business Improvement District (Bid) approach, which uses levies on businesses to transform derelict neighbourhoods across the US, will take a step closer to becoming part of the British...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Labour MP Diane Abbott has called for the government to intervene in crisis-ridden Hackney council to protect frontline services.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    On December 11, managers at the London Borough of Hackney will learn whether the current crisis caused by a gaping hole in the budget will be compounded by a mass walkout of council staff.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Public services in rural areas, including education, social care, transport and post offices, face an annual audit to ensure they are meeting minimum performance targets.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities may be set to receive £44bn in next year's finance settlement, an inflation-busting increase of 6.7% but, with two different funding options on offer, 47 councils are left more in...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities should not use excess demand for social housing as an excuse for denying choice to their tenants, housing minister Nick Raynsford said this week.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Ministers have spread most of next year's £2.9bn NHS increase evenly throughout the country, though some cash will be targeted at improving health in Labour's English heartlands.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn this week promised a significant expansion of the Private Finance Initiative and fired a broadside at those who have attacked the investment scheme.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Councils have been placed at the forefront of transforming run-down city centres in the biggest shake-up in British urban regeneration policies for almost 25 years.

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