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  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Local councils could be forced to delve deep into their reserves to shore up their employees' pension funds despite the government's insistence that an actuarial review of the market will uncover few...
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Strike action by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) is set to escalate after staff at a key benefit office voted to join a walkout over security issues.
  • Public Finance
    1 Nov 01
    Pressure is mounting on the Treasury to come clean on how public spending is officially defined in the wake of the Railtrack collapse and allegations that it disguised projected spending increases as...
  • Public Finance
    1 Nov 01
    Benefits payments over the Christmas period could be thrown into chaos as the largest civil service union announced it would hold a strike ballot among its 50,000 members working in Benefits Agency...
  • Public Finance
    25 Oct 01
    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith has hinted that the guidelines governing public-private partnerships will be reformed to encourage more investment from the private sector.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Public services were firmly back at the top of the political agenda this week as the Commons Public Administration Select Committee announced a full inquiry into the government's reform programme.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Newcastle City Council's controversial plans to involve the private sector in service provision have suffered a double blow.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council were this week pushing the boundaries of strategic partnerships after agreeing a short-list of private companies to merge their support...
  • Public Finance
    4 Oct 01
    Public-private partnerships suffered a new blow this week when the London Borough of Brent rejected a multimillion pound Private Finance Initiative education project because it did not provide value...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Public transport emerged as the biggest winner in next year's Northern Ireland spending plans, announced this week by Finance Minister Mark Durkan.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Council leaders have urged the government to find time for legislation to introduce the promised changes to the capital controls regime.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    NHS managers are on course for another row with doctors as the opening shots in next year's pay round were fired this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Years of financial mismanagement and political chaos have earned the London Borough of Hackney the dubious distinction of being the first local authority to face a central government takeover.
  • Public Finance
    13 Sep 01
    The government's £2bn New Deal for Communities programme is helping to cut crime rates and boost the local economy in some areas, the first annual review has shown.
  • Public Finance
    13 Sep 01
    Ministers' attempts to convince unions that the public sector is safe in government hands failed this week when plans to give extra rights to state employed staff who switch to the private sector...
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    Local authorities have successfully reduced fraud among private landlords applying for grants to renovate homes.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Prime Minister Tony Blair's e-government targets are looking increasingly shaky as councils struggle to put together plans and industry experts call for a more realistic timescale.
  • Public Finance
    9 Aug 01
    Public sector workers have emerged as the winners in a survey scrutinising the ethical investment policies of the 100 largest occupational pension schemes.
  • Public Finance
    9 Aug 01
    Tenants living in social housing could be invited to become part home-owners under plans being drawn up by the government.
  • Public Finance
    9 Aug 01
    An unnamed district council has been fined £28,050 for more than 1,000 breaches of the Pensions Act in relation to information provided to local government pension scheme members.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    In what has been described as a 'near revolutionary' step, the government has reopened the debate on the unfunded police and fire pension schemes and raised the possibility of meeting pension costs...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Pensioners, fishermen and schoolchildren in the Berkshire borough of Bracknell Forest will soon be able to access council services through a single smart card.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Twenty-seven councils have been given the green light to sell off swathes of their housing stock as the government renewed its commitment last week to the large-scale transfer of council housing to...
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    Tough decisions will have to be made and substantial sums of taxpayers' money will be needed if the UK is to have a 'bigger, better, safer railway', according to the Strategic Rail Authority.
  • Public Finance
    21 Jun 01
    The government intends to give the private sector fixed-term contracts to manage schools and more 'sponsorship opportunities' under a legislative programme designed to place more pressure on public...

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