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  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone could improve the health of the capital's poorest people, even though the Greater London Authority will not provide health services, the King's Fund said this week.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    Globalisation presents economic challenges to local authorities while raising the expectations of the electorate, according to Sir Michael Lyons.
  • 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 National Audit Office has finally been allowed to glimpse the hallowed halls of the Royal Household with its first report into the costs of maintaining the royal palaces.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    Local authority officers should publish full reports of executive decisions taken in private, a constitutional expert told the CIPFA conference.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    Chancellor Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jack Straw are at loggerheads over the tax status of two crime-fighting organisations, according to correspondence submitted in the High Court.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The Rural Services Partnership (RSP) has called on the government to include its demand for a 'rural round-table' as one of the recommendations in a white paper due to be published in the summer.
  • 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
    22 Jun 00
    The government has expanded the specialist schools programme and published research showing that such schools are raising standards faster than their mainstream counterparts.
  • 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
    Integration of health and social services in England came a step closer this week as Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced a new post amalgamating the positions of chief executive of the NHS...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Public sector organisations came out on top in four of the 15 categories at last week's Digital Britain awards organised by Microsoft.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Political leaders could face isolation and have little control over democracy with increasing use of the Internet, Barry Quirk, chief executive of the London Borough of Lewisham, has warned.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Lord Neill, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, launched a swingeing attack on the government's Freedom of Information Bill at the CIPFA conference in Brighton on June 14.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    An expert on primary care has called for a radical reassessment of the worth of common clinical treatments, saying they should be subjected to rigorous testing and those judged ineffective withdrawn.
  • 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...

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