Local government

  • 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
    Gordon Brown has huge room for manoeuvre between tax cuts, spending increases and debt repayment, according to the annual unofficial guide to the chancellor's budget options published this week by...
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    A national intelligence unit set up by the government to attack organised benefit fraud is to combine the knowledge of the Inland Revenue, police and immigration authorities.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    National park authorities are angry over the government's failure to fund their Best Value audit costs.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    The public sector has failed to get behind the New Deal in the same way as business, Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett said this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Best Value audit and inspection fees are likely to cost English and Welsh councils £56m.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Labour is due to give local authorities an extra £35m in this year's finance settlement but with a warning from ministers that it should be used to curb council tax increases.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    The Audit Commission should have its own House of Commons select committee in order to give the public sector watchdog's reports more weight, it was proposed this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Effective community strategies will be at the heart of achieving Best Value in housing, local authorities were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Labour's political reform of local government faces its strongest grassroots opposition yet with elected members of a London council threatening unlawful action.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Councils are to be given financial incentives to encourage them to detect housing benefit fraudsters.
  • 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
    13 Jan 00
    Police forces in England and Wales could lose 300 officers as a result of a Treasury decision not to allow the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service to claim back their...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The chairman of an independent inquiry looking at the pattern of the school year has criticised the present system as 'medieval' and warned that 'the status quo is not an option'.

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