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  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    An independent review commissioned by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) has proposed increasing chief executives' pay by up to 18%.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    The government should plug the nursing recruitment gap rather than spend increasing amounts of money on temporary staff, the Royal College of Nursing argued this week.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    The government launched its blueprint for the future of secondary schools this week, granting ministers reserve powers to curtail failing schools while promising high performers new freedoms.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    The government is to update the 'slow and bureaucratic' NHS negligence complaints system.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    The British Medical Association this week increased the pressure on the NHS to bring negotiations on the new GP contract to a speedy conclusion.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    Prime Minister Tony Blair will step into the lions' den next week when he delivers an address to the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress in Brighton.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    Public sector spending on IT is set to soar by 13% per annum for each of the next two years, according to a survey from Kew Associates and Computer Weekly magazine. Total spend by the public sector...
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Public sector workers are being priced out of home ownership in large parts of the country, according to a survey.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    First Minister Henry McLeish has risked confrontation with unions and councils by making his strongest commitment yet to the Blairite programme of public services modernisation through private sector...
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The long-running dispute between private care homeowners and local authorities in Scotland has ended, following an agreement to set up an independent review group to examine funding.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The Liberal Democrats are to launch an autumn attack on the Private Finance Initiative in an attempt to expose the 'real' costs of the controversial schemes.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The Metropolitan Police is to mount the most expensive public order operation ever held in London to safeguard revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The prime minister is pushing the Department of Health to consider using health facilities run by French, German, Italian and Spanish health care providers in a radical move to cut NHS waiting lists...
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Some 163 children, half of them pre-school age, are living in temporary accommodation and classified as homeless in the Western Health and Social Services Board area of Northern Ireland, according to...
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The Local Government Association has hit back at claims that education authorities do not do enough to help schools in their battle against drug use.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The government has been granted £225m from the European Commission in what is likely to be the first of many payments to help those affected by foot and mouth disease.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Like the sound of English batsmen's stumps being shattered, the picture of students, especially women, celebrating ever-better A-level results has fast become one of the traditional images of our...
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Prime Minister Tony Blair's e-government targets are looking increasingly shaky as councils struggle to put together plans and industry experts call for a more realistic timescale.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The government's £180bn transport plan will have no effect in tackling the gridlock on many of Britain's roads, according to a leading business think-tank.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    Labour leaders at Camden council are heading for a showdown with members over plans to revive a Private Finance Initiative that has already been rejected.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    There is one way to deal with an unfavourable inspection, and that is to not publish it. Steve Brown explains how some local authorities are managing to escape being named and shamed
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The government is to extend its commitment to closed-circuit TV cameras as a crime-fighting tool by investing £79m in 250 new surveillance schemes.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The Audit Commission looks set to deliver councils' demands for a lighter-touch inspection regime for successful authorities.
  • Public Finance
    23 Aug 01
    The Commission for Health Improvement has handed out its fiercest criticism yet of a hospital trust, declaring the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust in Surrey as in urgent need of improvement.
  • Public Finance
    9 Aug 01
    Public sector workers are threatening industrial action in protest over Newcastle City Council's moves towards greater partnership with the private sector.

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