Northern Ireland

  • Public Finance
    22 May 08
    'A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.' That was Winston Churchill's description of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It could equally well describe Northern Ireland's post-primary...
  • Public Finance
    8 May 08
    Northern Ireland's public sector is too big and too well paid, according to Sir David Varney's review of competitiveness in Northern Ireland, carried out on behalf of the Treasury. The review could...
  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 08
    East Belfast MP Peter Robinson is to take over from Ian Paisley as Northern Ireland's first minister when Paisley retires in May. Robinson, Paisley's long-time deputy in the Democratic Unionist Party...
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 08
    More than 33,000 public sector jobs in Northern Ireland face the axe, some 15% of the total, according to the Nipsa union.
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 08
    Peter Robinson is happy to talk about his work as Northern Ireland finance minister. But Ian Paisley's resignation means he's going to have to face up to that succession question very soon, says Paul...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 08
    Northern Ireland's four main publicly owned ports will cease to be public corporations under proposals to allow them the freedom to borrow privately without it being counted as public sector debt.
  • Public Finance
    21 Feb 08
    Ian Paisley Junior has resigned as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Executive after weeks of media scrutiny of his personal and political relationships.
  • Public Finance
    7 Feb 08
    An education charity has reacted with dismay to proposals intended to improve and streamline the government's flagship school building programme.
  • Public Finance
    31 Jan 08
    As Peter Hain reflects on the end of his ministerial career, he can at least console himself that he oversaw the re-establishment of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 07
    Northern Ireland faces a shake-up of its rating system, following recommendations from the Assembly's Finance and Personnel Committee.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 07
    The timing could hardly have been worse. Job creation is the Northern Ireland Executive's top priority, Finance Minister Peter Robinson announced in his Budget.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 07
    The Welsh Assembly government has been accused of hypocrisy after pledging a 'bonfire of inefficiency' under three-year spending plans.
  • Public Finance
    1 Nov 07
    Northern Ireland's first Budget since the restoration of devolution has seen a big increase in economic development spending at the expense of social housing.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 07
    Northern Ireland's planning regime has been left in limbo after Belfast's High Court ruled that former direct rule minister Lord Rooker had unlawfully taken a decision to ban most home building in...
  • Public Finance
    13 Sep 07
    The annual costs to the NHS of Private Finance Initiative schemes will soar fivefold from £470m to £2.3bn over the next eight years and could damage services, Edinburgh University researchers claim.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 07
    A row has broken out between Northern Ireland's grammar schools and the Department of Education over the future of academic selection.
  • Public Finance
    30 Aug 07
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown should reduce Scotland's share of UK public spending and cut the number of Scottish MPs, a think-tank has suggested.
  • Public Finance
    30 Aug 07
    Northern Ireland's hospitals spend £31m more a year than they need to, compared with the unit costs of their English NHS equivalents, according to reviews conducted for Northern Ireland's Department...
  • Public Finance
    30 Aug 07
    A leaked report written by Deloitte for the government estimates that the cost of sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland could be £1.5bn a year.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jul 07
    In the early days of New Labour, the Private Finance Initiative was seen as the only game in town for funding major public sector projects, but the Metronet crisis could mean the game is up, writes...
  • Public Finance
    26 Jul 07
    Northern Ireland's five education and library boards have been given a year's stay of execution after ministers decided to delay the creation of their replacement Education and Skills Authority,...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 07
    Scottish ministers are to demand that unspent cash should be fully available to the Executive in the next budget round and not retained by the Treasury in London.
  • Public Finance
    14 Jun 07
    Alex Salmond's government might be 'in office, not in power'. But that is not holding the Scottish National Party back from launching a radical public sector shake-up. Iain Macwhirter reports from...
  • Public Finance
    31 May 07
    The Northern Ireland Assembly has resolved to introduce free personal care for elderly and disabled people, nine years after a royal commission recommended it.
  • Public Finance
    31 May 07
    The recent UK-wide elections have highlighted the fact that there is not one NHS but four. Noel Plumridge examines what binds the different health services and what sets them apart

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