Local government

  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Whether the outbreak of flu sweeping Britain is an epidemic is a moot point. Statistically, it isn't. The official figures for reported cases are little more than for January last year.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    English National Parks this week warned that the disappointing financial settlement for 2000/01 could delay essential conservation projects and hamper its ability to respond to government priorities...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Department of Health has signalled a cautious start to its latest modernisation initiative, confirming that only 15 primary care trusts will be formed this year. Thirteen PCTs will be launched on...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    A local authority insisted this week that it had taken steps to reduce stress among employees after paying a record £203,000 to a former warden at a site for gypsies.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Many so-called regeneration projects are, in effect, schemes to help manage the irreversible decline of neighbourhoods caused by low demand for social housing, according a study commissioned by the...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    The Treasury wants members of its public services directorate to shadow head teachers, NHS executives and senior local government officials to establish a better grasp of government spending...
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Statutory guidance for implementing Best Value was published for all local authorities this week.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Local authorities will have to bear an increasing amount of the cost of Best Value inspection, which could rise to more than £50m a year.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Acute shortages of social housing and the unwillingness of some councils to provide accommodation for ex-prisoners are adding to the likelihood of people reoffending after they leave prison, says a...
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Scottish Homes is being turned into an agency of the Scottish Executive in a move to bring together the rights of tenants living in council and housing association properties.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Local government does not have a single black finance director, the Employers' Organisation has found.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Schools minister Estelle Morris has conceded that the government is creating and promoting a market for the private sector to take over the running of failing schools.
  • Public Finance
    9 Dec 99
    Trading standards departments need to work more closely with each other and with the Office of Fair Trading, according to separate reports from the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    9 Dec 99
    Social housing rents would soar beyond the means of most tenants if they were based on the market value of properties, says a new survey.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    A High Court victory by homeless families who objected to being placed in seaside accommodation will add to the spiralling cost of homelessness in London, local authorities warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    Labour has made £24m available for councils to meet the costs of audit and inspection under the Best Value regime that comes into force in April.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    League tables could be introduced across the criminal justice system after a critical National Audit Office study found up to £84m could be saved by eliminating waste and spreading good practice.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    Doctors' allowances are under threat following an Audit Commission report showing that fraud perpetrated by general practitioners in England has increased tenfold in the past year.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    Seventeen local authorities placed under 'special measures' by the government have complained that they were treated unfairly by being named and shamed by social care minister John Hutton.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    Councils have accused the government of penalising them for innovation by denying them cash for policies which are later recommended and funded by the government.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    A rise of 7% has been forecast in council tax almost three times the rate of inflation in the next financial year, with householders facing an average £56 increase in their bills.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    Directly elected mayors for major cities in England and Wales could be in place as early as spring 2001 as the government this week signalled it wanted to speed legislation through parliament.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The Treasury is to more than double the number of cross-government spending programmes but has played down claims that this is an assault on the financial independence of individual Whitehall...
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The influential Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) at the Cabinet Office is to investigate which public services can be delivered electronically and to examine the respective roles of both the...
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The National Association of Head Teachers has accused local education authorities of undermining school self-management and creating a dependency culture because of the way they distribute grants to...

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