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  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    New local government finance regulations are being drawn up to improve the accounting of Private Finance Initiative deals.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Councils face a multi-million pound bill after the second serious floods this year highlighted insurance inadequacies.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The UK's air traffic control service, National Air Traffic Services, should be given greater commercial freedom, MPs were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Council house repairs in England and Wales are in line for a £1.2bn cash boost from 2000/2001, according to a briefing note from Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The government may be forced into a messy reselection process for the Welsh Assembly following the shock resignation this week of the Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies.
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 98
    Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam has put pressure on health and social services chief executives to take only modest pay rises this year. The total pay bill for the province's health service...
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 98
    The health department has given shadow primary care groups (PCGs) an extra £9m to help them prepare for their takeover of care purchase from health authorities next April.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Durham University has outsourced its information technology services in the first such Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme in higher education. The contract covers the university's IT systems for...
  • 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
    The number of pension funds swapping asset managers rose sharply in the first half of 1998, according to a report by The WM Company, which measures investment performance.
  • 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
    24 Sep 98
    Pressure for pay restraint in the NHS was dealt a blow this week as it emerged that chief executives' salary rises were three times higher than nurses' last year.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    The battle against NHS fraud will be lost without further government support, health service accountants warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    Three North Yorkshire local authorities are setting up a combined internal audit service as part of the latest phase in the government's best value initiative.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    The health department is poised to scrap the controversial scheme that has failed to stem the rise of the NHS's £6bn drugs bill and replace it with strict price controls.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    There has been a mixed reaction to the government's decision to transfer £1bn of education funding from local authorities to schools. The change, announced on Wednesday, is part of the trend to...
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Local government education chiefs are to propose establishing a new body to look at the lessons learned from the government's Education Action Zones.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    The London Ambulance Service may give its staff a month's pay in advance in December 1999 as it fears the millennium bug could jeopardise salary payments in January 2000.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    The price to stop the teacher recruitment crisis was this week put at a billion pounds.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Value for money will still be the driving force in securing Private Finance Initiative contracts, despite the publication of new guidelines this week which some fear could put a constraint on new...
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    The London borough of Hackney in conjunction with the London Diocesan Board for Schools has become the first council in the country to use a private company to help run one of its failing schools.
  • 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
    3 Sep 98
    North East Derbyshire district council has signed the first social housing Private Finance Initiative deal.
  • Public Finance
    3 Sep 98
    NHS managers face another tough winter after Frank Dobson, the health secretary, insisted the service must manage the rising tide of emergency admissions and continue to cut waiting lists.

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