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  • Public Finance
    26 Jul 01
    A government inquiry is set to back Wembley as the home for a new national stadium but on a reduced budget.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jul 01
    Final contracts that would allow the private sector preferred bidders to begin work on London Underground's deep Tube lines could be delayed by a further six months until next spring.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    This week's damning report into the deaths of children at the Bristol Royal Infirmary is the first of four inquiries into the health service's handling of complaints against doctors.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    In what has been described as a 'near revolutionary' step, the government has reopened the debate on the unfunded police and fire pension schemes and raised the possibility of meeting pension costs...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The National Audit Office has saved taxpayers £1.4bn over the past three financial years, according to its annual report.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The simmering hostility between the trade unions and the government over the 'privatisation' of the public sector broke out into open warfare this week. The GMB, the country's fourth largest union...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    Seven of the leading professional associations in local government have agreed a set of principles in response to Prime Minister Tony Blair's 'reform or bust' speech this week.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The prospect of a protracted legal battle over the future of the Tube grew this week after Ken Livingstone admitted he was likely to appeal if the High Court kicked out his bid to stop the government...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The mother of all parliaments is having a difficult time with some of her more unruly offspring. Rebellious MPs are defying parental authority and, echoing the cry of teenagers everywhere,...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The Strategic Rail Authority must set 'more demanding' targets for improvements when its strategic plan for the railways is published in the autumn, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has demanded...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    Nurses and health care assistants involved in pioneering work on aromatherapy, horticultural therapy and coronary care for Asian women have been recognised in the first Prince of Wales Awards for...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The government is to push ahead with plans for school reform despite stalling its much-trailed education white paper because of concerns about privatisation and the contentious issue of single-faith...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The campaign for elected mayors took one leap forward then a large step back this week after residents in Watford voted yes to a US-style boss, only to find that slow work by Parliament will put back...
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Peter Mandelson has outlined a vision of English devolution that puts 'people before structures' and gives communities the tools to bring about their own renaissance.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Birmingham City Council is setting a precedent in housing transfers by asking lenders to underwrite loans worth £1bn before it consults tenants over the move.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Hopes that a new GP contract will be agreed soon rose this week after Health Secretary Alan Milburn invited the NHS Confederation to lead the discussions on behalf of health service employers.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers has pledged to forge a new relationship between central and local government by slashing bureaucracy and giving authorities greater financial freedom.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    About the only thing that provokes a consensus on Best Value is the need for change.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Risk management can have a major impact on councils' progress in achieving strategic objectives and is not a 'one-off exercise', the Audit Commission has warned.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    More than 135 companies have expressed an interest in joining a groundbreaking NHS public-private partnership, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    An £8.5m capital programme to build 22 new children's homes in Northern Ireland has been announced by the province's Health and Social Services Minister, Bairbre de Brún.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Newcastle upon Tyne is a city riven by divisions. On one side are hip Labour councillors ready to plough as much as £488,000 into a youth culture event, the Love Parade.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The Northern Ireland Assembly's finance and personnel committee gave a surprise endorsement to the Private Finance Initiative and other forms of public-private partnerships in a report published this...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Government ministers need to set up a £1bn package for sustainable energies, a Left-wing think-tank has warned.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Teachers this week demanded radical reductions in their workload and were given a surprisingly sympathetic ear from their employers.

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