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  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 03
    Government reform of unemployment services, announced in this week's Budget, could lead to 'widespread short-termism' across the sector, the leading civil servants' union has claimed. Officials at...
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 03
    Weaknesses in the Department for Work and Pensions' computer system hamper efforts to increase the take-up of benefits among elderly people, the Public Accounts Committee has said. Between £930m...
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 03
    The Prison Service is missing out on potential savings because its procurement procedures are too fragmented, according to the National Audit Office. The public spending watchdog found that while...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Plans to bring US-style regeneration to Britain's city centres could be undermined by a row over funding. From April 2004, Business Improvement Districts (Bids), credited with turning around the...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Government proposals aimed at preventing the £29bn pensions 'timebomb' from exploding are not radical enough, ministers were warned this week. Final submissions on Work and Pensions Secretary...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Scottish Education Minister Cathy Jamieson has used a local government conference to announce an extra £80m to guarantee full implementation of the McCrone agreement on teachers' workloads....
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 03
    MPs this week described as 'appalling' the government's delay in informing 6 million people who are expected to retire between 2002 and 2010 of possible cuts to their inherited state pensions. The...
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 03
    Private and voluntary sector organisations could apply to become NHS foundation trusts under proposals being put forward by Health Secretary Alan Milburn, it emerged this week. In a move that will...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    The government is in danger of leaving more children in care and custody than ever before, despite its good intentions to tackle anti-social behaviour, the children's charity Barnardo's warned this...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    Suspicions among council highways and transport officers that their budgets are being plundered by education and social services colleagues have been reinforced by the Commission for Integrated...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 03
    The increased use of an expensive drug has helped a campaign to cut the number of deaths from coronary heart disease, the national heart director said this week. Launching a progress report on the...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 03
    Central and local government must 'give up a bit of power' to tackle social exclusion in partnership with voluntary and community bodies. That was the message from Office of the Deputy Prime...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 03
    Information technology contractor ITNet has been removed from Islington council's housing and council tax benefits contract. The London borough will take the service back in house on May 1....
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    Unions launched a campaign this week to expand local government's deal to end the two-tier workforce into defence and health. As the CBI and the Business Services Association savaged last week's...
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 03
    Councils are failing to detect four-fifths of housing benefit frauds, the National Audit Office said this week. The government has also made the system more complex and prone to fraud, despite...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 03
    The Local Government Association has complained to the Home Office about a lack of 'strategic direction' over identity cards.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 03
    Child protection agencies have joined forces to try to stop vulnerable children slipping through the net as Lord Laming's damning report on the Victoria Climbié case was published.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 03
    Fraud inspectors have slammed Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for failing to rectify long-term problems in its housing and council tax benefits divisions, despite previous warnings about the...
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 03
    Ministers are gearing themselves for another battle with Tory peers over the controversial Section 28 legislation, which prevents councils from promoting homosexuality.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    The prospect of a speedy settlement of the firefighters dispute looked increasingly unlikely this week after both the government and employers confirmed that negotiations would now be limited to the...
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    New Labour's suggested shake-up of the UK pension system, dubbed the 'work until you drop' package, is merely storing up problems for the future, according to public sector experts, opposition...
  • Public Finance
    12 Dec 02
    A Left-leaning think-tank is calling for greater scrutiny of Private Finance Initiative schemes entered into by central and local government, after it revealed that only 6% of the contracts have had...
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 02
    Failure to run proper checks on the £4.7bn of tax credits paid out each year is leaving 'significant gaps in the control over public funds', according to the Commons' Public Accounts Committee.
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 02
    Local authorities will have to stick to the April 2003 deadline for implementing FRS17 the controversial accounting standard under proposals published by CIPFA in a consultation paper last week...
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 02
    The bus can compete with the car if the government increases subsidies, according to transport advisers.

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