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  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Figures released this week by Customs and Excise show that the flight of serious punters to low-tax offshore betting operations is beginning to bite into government revenues.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The government is introducing IT project controls in an effort to avoid further crises with computer systems, following the problems at the Passport Agency and the Immigration and Nationality...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The NHS has begun the difficult search for a new chief executive following the shock resignation of Sir Alan Langlands this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    For the ninth year running, the National Audit Office has refused to approve the accounts of the Lord Chancellor's Department after finding insufficient evidence that the expenditure of £633m in...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Delays in discharging patients aged 75 and over cost NHS trusts more than £300m a year, the National Audit Office said this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    PricewaterhouseCoopers last week announced its intention to split its business operations into at least two divisions, recognising the complaints of conflicts of interest in the Big Five firms.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Relatives of those who died in the Paddington train crash have criticised the 'U-turn' by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in allowing the rail operating company Railtrack to retain much of its...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Government warnings to local authorities to keep down council tax rises may have been heeded. Early forecasts, based on counties' figures, suggest bills will rise by about 6% on average in line...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Local authorities breathed a sigh of relief this week as the government endorsed CIPFA's Best Value Accounting Code, accepting the argument that self-regulation is preferable to secondary legislation...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The introduction of directly elected city-region mayors whose responsibilities would cover a much wider territory than previously proposed is being considered by the government.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    John Prescott's plan to privatise the national air traffic control system is 'the worst of all possible options', according to an all-party committee of MPs. The Commons transport committee said...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Business leaders could be directly elected to regional chambers under a proposal being considered by the government to widen the background of those determining regional policy at local level.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    As the vague concept of Best Value turns into a full-blown audit and inspection regime, the reality of what awaits finance chiefs is finally being grasped. And they are not happy.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Conflicting policies from the prime minister and senior politicians are 'blurring the lines' of the modernising government agenda, a senior civil servant has said.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Well-off patients could have to pay £50 for a 20-minute consultation with a GP as part of a radical overhaul of primary care services, family doctors have predicted this week.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Auditors could be forced into making political decisions for which they are ill-equipped under the new Best Value regime, a House of Commons committee was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    New research shows that an 'alarmingly high number' of GPs are not connected to the Internet and those who are, have strong concerns about illegal access to clinical information.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The National Assembly for Wales has announced an extra £2m for children's services following a damning report that traced two decades of child abuse in local authority homes.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The Treasury has appointed Lucy de Groot, former chief executive of Bristol City Council, to a key role in its Public Services Directorate.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The government was this week accused of being the country's most wasteful landlord as new figures show that almost one in five public sector properties is empty.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The new editor of Public Finance is to be Mike Thatcher, who has held the position of deputy editor since September 1998. He takes over on February 28 from Victor Smart who is to edit the leading...
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Rhodri Morgan, the new First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales, is already facing pressure from nationalists to secure European funding and stem central government interference.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    MPs this week called for fines levied against companies who break health and safety rules to be hypothecated to the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Best Value could unleash market testing of local authorities' financial services on a much greater scale than Compulsory Competitive Tendering achieved.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The more motorways you build, the bigger the traffic jams you end up with. The NHS, according to a new and detailed analysis, is in the same bind.

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