Welfare

  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    The Treasury is to more than double the number of cross-government spending programmes but has played down claims that this is an assault on the financial independence of individual Whitehall...
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    A major boost to the Private Finance Initiative in housing came this week with the government's announcement of four PFI schemes, totalling £185m, for the refurbishment of council houses.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    Only a small number of primary care trusts (PCTs) may be formed next year, following the British Medical Association's insistence that the new bodies should receive support from at least two-thirds...
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney was put in charge this week of spearheading attempts to prevent further failures in government IT contracts.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    The reputation of government executive agencies has been dealt another blow this week after auditor general Sir John Bourn accused the Courts Funds Office of financial mismanagement and losing track...
  • Public Finance
    21 Oct 99
    Local government employers and their recognised trades unions signed a partnership agreement this week guaranteeing greater consultation with employees and their representatives throughout the Best...
  • Public Finance
    21 Oct 99
    Last weekend, the European Union made its first attempt to develop 'an area of freedom, security and justice'. EU leaders gathered at a special summit in Tampere, Finland, to commit to a common...
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 99
    The Department of Social Security has shied away from a complete overhaul of its computer system in the wake of a catalogue of IT disasters across central government in the past few months.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jul 99
    The £650m third wave of NHS private finance schemes announced on July 7 will lead to the closure or downgrading of hospitals, and could spark another row over private funding.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling did little this week to dampen speculation that housing benefit faces abolition in a bid to cut down on massive levels of fraud.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jun 99
    Michael Bichard, permanent secretary to the Department for Education and Employment, has been created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jun 99
    The Treasury is to release an extra £480m to bail out the Post Office's ailing IT modernisation programme.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Public service unions have ducked a confrontation over comments from the prime minister about the future of annual pay negotiations across the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    The Post Office did not conceal its anger at the government's announcement this week that it is scrapping the £500m benefits card project as was widely suggested two weeks ago but denied by the...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Comparisons between high and low-spending councils are misplaced and have little bearing on efficiency, according to the University of Loughborough.
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw this week committed Britain to accepting 1,000 Kosovar refugees a week and promised local authorities that the government will foot the bill.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Moves to streamline the housing benefit system are being stepped up after evidence that delays in processing claims is the major cause of rent arrears.
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    Serious financial irregularities at a further education college in Cheshire could be occurring in colleges across the country, the National Audit Office warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Nine out of ten NHS trusts believe they need more money to cope with the demand for care over the winter months.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Business and local government joined forces this week in last- ditch attempts to persuade the government to include Best Value legislation in next month's Queen's speech.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Chancellor Gordon Brown has denied that the worldwide crisis in financial markets and the possibility of a UK recession threaten the government's extra funding commitments on health and education.
  • Public Finance
    1 Oct 98
    More than £1m has been received by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in compensation for 46 of its members who were encouraged to leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme for private pensions.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Fundamental changes to welfare reform are likely to be deferred again because of a backlog of legislation that is to be included in the Queen's speech later this year.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The ministerial reshuffle led to several changes in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The Ministry of Defence came under pressure this week to reduce the £50m it spends annually on storing major equipment.

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