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  • 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...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The millennium curse appears to have struck again with the £18m Millennium Bridge in London closed just two days after it opened to the public. In a terse statement, the Millennium Bridge Trust said...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Fears are growing that English thugs will use the opportunity of the Euro 2000 football championships to create mayhem abroad.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Traditional travelling fairs could help trigger an urban renaissance, and local authorities that do not encourage them are 'foolish', according to a new report from MPs.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tony Blair breezed back into Downing Street this week after completing his paternity leave with a vow to sort out the care of the elderly.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Sinn Fein captured its first mayorship in Northern Ireland this week when former IRA prisoner Cathal Crumley became mayor of the City of Derry Council.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has spent £850,000 on an unsuccessful cull of British ruddy ducks.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    In a move designed to boost public confidence in figures published by the government, an independent Statistics Commission, appointed by Chancellor Gordon Brown, has been set up to scrutinise the...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Tameside local education authority this week received a yellow card from schools' inspectorate Ofsted and was told to put its house in order or face further action.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Controversial plans to boost funding for conservation work in the Lake District including finding sponsors for mountain ranges such as the Helvellyn massif and lakes such as Windermere were...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Embattled National Health Service managers faced another dose of bitter medicine this week as they were accused of being their own worst enemies when it comes to change.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The NHS could sell off its £900m of surplus land and assets in one huge deal following the recommendations of an influential government panel.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    The Gaming Board, the regulatory body for casinos, bingo clubs, gaming machine suppliers and local lotteries, needs to raise its game and show results, according to the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Members of a Scottish Parliament committee have criticised Chancellor Gordon Brown for turning down an invitation to give evidence on European Union structural funds.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Teenagers may be offered travel, shopping and restaurant discounts in a bid to encourage them to stay in education after the age of 16.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Two reports on the British military operation in Kosovo have found that troops had to contend with excessive workloads, insecure communications equipment and substandard accommodation.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Plans to eliminate a £1.5m deficit at a Northern Irish NHS trust have been rejected by its local health board, which is unhappy with proposed cuts in services.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Local authorities in northern England are counting the cost of massive clean-up operations following serious flooding last weekend. The bill may come to as much as £15m, according to some estimates.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Worcestershire Health Authority has slammed an independent report into its Private Finance Initiative hospital project as 'breathtakingly inaccurate'.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    A new policing co-operation agreement signed by Britain and its European Union partners will open the way for British police to operate abroad.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    The Department of Health is planning to include private health providers in contingency plans to avoid a repeat of last winter's hospital beds crisis.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    Chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead has dismissed calls from a teachers' union leader for an end to the 'Spanish Inquisition' of schools' inspections.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 00
    The Inland Revenue wants to appoint a marketing director to spearhead the department's diversity and equality action plan.

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