Welfare

  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Doctors and nurses on the verge of retirement are being urged to postpone their departure until next spring to help avoid a winter crisis in the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Wiltshire this week claimed to be on course to open the country's first custom-built joint communications centre for all three emergency services.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jul 00
    The government is to widen its data access powers with plans to equip benefit investigators with overarching new rights to access people's bank accounts, pension plans even gas bills under a...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The government scrambled to rebuff mounting criticism of its flagship New Deal scheme this week, after claims that it had made little impact on the labour market and that even its own departments...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The overall annual expenditure for each of the next three years was announced in the Budget, but the departmental spending plans for the next three years are still being finalised and ministers are...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The Treasury has ordered drastic action to curb unacceptably high levels of ill-health retirement among public sector workers that cost taxpayers £1bn a year in pensions.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 00
    The Local Government Association has condemned Conservative Party plans to bypass local education authorities as 'barmy'.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    The Prison Service is £1m better off following a refinancing of the sector's first Private Finance Initiative deal, the contract to build and run Altcourse Prison in Liverpool.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    A cross-party group of MPs has refused to accept the government's revised proposals to partially privatise the defence research laboratories, warning that they are based on a 'wing and a prayer'.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The costs and benefits of projects run by regeneration bodies should be independently audited in future, according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The waves of modernisation sweeping through local government are producing far-reaching changes in the way authorities provide services and do business with their partners in the private and...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Tony Blair's vision of electronic services for all citizens is a long way from becoming reality, with government websites 'hit and miss', hard to navigate and 'disconnected', MPs have warned.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Outsourcing company CSL has held on to its benefits contract with Sheffield City Council, in spite of its continuing failure to meet its targets.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Knowing they're on the street where you live could save local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales £200m.
  • Public Finance
    25 May 00
    The Public Accounts Committee has rapped the former head of the Benefits Agency for his 'poor excuses' to taxpayers over inaccurate Jobseekers Allowance payments totalling £245.3m.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Alistair Darling's claim that the government is listening to pensioners fell on deaf ears this week as the National Pensioners' Convention demonstrated outside a conference on the over-50s where he...
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Employment minister Margaret Hodge has revealed that the government is to set up four pilot schemes to examine ways of getting ill and disabled people off sickness benefits and back into work.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    The expanded list of companies approved to supply services to failing local education authorities has been criticised by the Local Government Association and the National Union of Teachers.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    The government must guarantee the future of rural post offices or face a further decline in countryside communities, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The Audit Commission this week exposed 'unacceptable variations' in councils' charging policies for home care, and called on the government to produce formal guidance to ensure a more consistent...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The government should stop 'tinkering' with the funding of long-term care for the elderly and implement fundamental reforms that clearly state what levels of care pensioners can expect from public...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Major housing organisations have made a joint appeal to Chancellor Gordon Brown for extra money to fund proposals in last month's housing green paper.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Labour reaffirmed its faith in the Private Finance Initiative this week when local government minister Hilary Armstrong unveiled 14 new schemes, totalling £300m.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Software supplier Microsoft and management consultant the Barony Group have launched a blueprint to help local authorities reach the government's targets for electronic delivery of services.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn launched a countrywide consultation programme with NHS staff and patients this week and said it should lead to a new Beveridge report that will shape the health service...

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