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  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Pressure on doctors to prove their fitness to practise grew this week as the government launched a mandatory early warning scheme to protect patients.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The Local Government Association has set up its own hit squad to establish how education authorities can intervene effectively to turn around failing schools under their control.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Total NHS bed occupancy a weapon in the war against waiting lists has been linked to the problem of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) which claim the lives of an estimated 5,000 patients in...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Ken Livingstone has called for the 33 London boroughs to be abolished and replaced with 14 or 15 larger authorities with increased responsibilities, including control of health and transport.
  • 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
    The government's commitment to environmental sustainability has been called into question by a member of the Commons' 'green' watchdog.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The public sector must stop seeing leadership skills as a personality defect, Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson told CIPFA delegates on June 14.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The ratings agency Standard & Poor's has issued its first rating for a local authority in Britain. Huntingdonshire District Council has been awarded a triple-A long-term issuer credit rating.
  • 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
    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
    The millennium curse appears to have struck again with the £18m Millennium Bridge in London closed just two days after it opened to the public. In a terse statement, the Millennium Bridge Trust said...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Fears are growing that English thugs will use the opportunity of the Euro 2000 football championships to create mayhem abroad.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Traditional travelling fairs could help trigger an urban renaissance, and local authorities that do not encourage them are 'foolish', according to a new report from MPs.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tony Blair breezed back into Downing Street this week after completing his paternity leave with a vow to sort out the care of the elderly.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Sinn Fein captured its first mayorship in Northern Ireland this week when former IRA prisoner Cathal Crumley became mayor of the City of Derry Council.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has spent £850,000 on an unsuccessful cull of British ruddy ducks.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    In a move designed to boost public confidence in figures published by the government, an independent Statistics Commission, appointed by Chancellor Gordon Brown, has been set up to scrutinise the...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tameside local education authority this week received a yellow card from schools' inspectorate Ofsted and was told to put its house in order or face further action.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Controversial plans to boost funding for conservation work in the Lake District including finding sponsors for mountain ranges such as the Helvellyn massif and lakes such as Windermere were...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Embattled National Health Service managers faced another dose of bitter medicine this week as they were accused of being their own worst enemies when it comes to change.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The NHS could sell off its £900m of surplus land and assets in one huge deal following the recommendations of an influential government panel.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The Gaming Board, the regulatory body for casinos, bingo clubs, gaming machine suppliers and local lotteries, needs to raise its game and show results, according to the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Members of a Scottish Parliament committee have criticised Chancellor Gordon Brown for turning down an invitation to give evidence on European Union structural funds.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Teenagers may be offered travel, shopping and restaurant discounts in a bid to encourage them to stay in education after the age of 16.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Two reports on the British military operation in Kosovo have found that troops had to contend with excessive workloads, insecure communications equipment and substandard accommodation.

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