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  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The best NHS trusts will be allowed to set up trading arms to sell services to organisations in the public and private sectors, Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Doncaster, labelled as local government's most rotten borough, will next May become the first northern English town with a directly elected mayor.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has stunned Tory moderates by selecting the extreme Eurosceptic MP Edward Leigh as his nominee to chair the influential Public Accounts Committee.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Managers at the London Borough of Hackney have warned that the crisis-ridden authority may have to spend money it does not have to meet the government's demands.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Housing associations should not use rent restructuring as an excuse for failing to reinvest surpluses in their stock, housing minister Lord Falconer told the conference.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    First Minister Henry McLeish has published his long-awaited plans to provide free personal care to elderly people in Scotland.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    CIPFA this week called for a fundamental shift in the balance between local and central tax raising.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The Liberal Democrats have demanded an immediate moratorium on all NHS Private Finance Initiative schemes and greater scrutiny of private sector involvement in the public services.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The costs of increased security in the capital following the terrorist attacks on the US will have to be met by London council taxpayers unless the government agrees to a request for extra funding...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Labour's part-privatisation plans for the London Underground face further public scrutiny after an influential parliamentary committee said it would investigate whether the government's proposed...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    A council has urged local primary care groups to end years of uncertainty for patients by completing a review of services by November.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Cynics who criticised a proposed race equality code of practice for RSLs have been largely silenced, according to the chair of the inquiry team that drew it up.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Public service union Unison has demanded an urgent meeting with health minister Jacqui Smith to discuss the staffing 'crisis' in social services.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Housing stock transfers have become too process-driven and do not provide enough choice for tenants, social landlords at the National Housing Federation conference in Birmingham were told.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The NHS must 'get real' on pay and usher in a new culture of respect and partnership with all staff, Unison assistant general secretary Bob Abberley told the CIPFA health conference this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The NHS director of finance has acknowledged the rising cost pressures faced by the health service and promised to take these into account when allocating funding for next year.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Public transport emerged as the biggest winner in next year's Northern Ireland spending plans, announced this week by Finance Minister Mark Durkan.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    The government has failed to convince the public that it has delivered improvements in public services, even though public sector managers believe progress has been made.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Nearly half of all council services that have had a Best Value inspection have been judged unlikely to improve or worse, according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    The chief executive of a Midlands trust has admitted that patient care suffered while managers put together one of the largest NHS Private Finance Initiative deals to date.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    New social landlords set up following stock transfers from local councils are being warned against relying on former housing department staff to fill their leading posts.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Public sector trade union Unison has hailed the collapse of a £100m deal between Kent County Council and Hyder Business Services as a watershed in public-private partnerships that could ultimately...
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    NHS managers are on course for another row with doctors as the opening shots in next year's pay round were fired this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Local government officials have welcomed tough new targets on cutting air pollution but are seeking government help in implementing them.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Years of financial mismanagement and political chaos have earned the London Borough of Hackney the dubious distinction of being the first local authority to face a central government takeover.

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