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  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    The London borough of Hackney in conjunction with the London Diocesan Board for Schools has become the first council in the country to use a private company to help run one of its failing schools.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Value for money will still be the driving force in securing Private Finance Initiative contracts, despite the publication of new guidelines this week which some fear could put a constraint on new...
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Fundamental changes to welfare reform are likely to be deferred again because of a backlog of legislation that is to be included in the Queen's speech later this year.
  • Public Finance
    3 Sep 98
    North East Derbyshire district council has signed the first social housing Private Finance Initiative deal.
  • Public Finance
    3 Sep 98
    The government has cleared the way for an expansion of the Private Finance Initiative into quangos and other non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).
  • Public Finance
    3 Sep 98
    NHS managers face another tough winter after Frank Dobson, the health secretary, insisted the service must manage the rising tide of emergency admissions and continue to cut waiting lists.
  • Public Finance
    27 Aug 98
    The Local Government Commission has published its draft plans for the election of the London mayor and the Greater London Assembly.
  • 13 Aug 98
    The government's success in driving forward the Private Finance Initiative in the health sector was underlined this week with the signing of two further large contracts worth around £190m.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    Labour is coming under renewed pressure to clarify its welfare reform policies after Frank Field's attack on Gordon Brown in the Commons this week.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    Further education colleges look set to reach agreement with the largest lecturers' union on national pay and conditions after five years of failed negotiations.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The Ministry of Defence came under pressure this week to reduce the £50m it spends annually on storing major equipment.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The beleaguered mental health service is to receive as much as £1bn in extra cash over the next three years but it will have to wait until the autumn to find out precisely how much.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The ministerial reshuffle led to several changes in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    Three out of four accountants support the proposed merger of their professional bodies, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) claimed this week after receiving responses from...
  • Public Finance
    23 Jul 98
    Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has urged councils to refurbish rather than build new homes with the new money from the Comprehensive Spending Review.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    The show of defiance by the Lords over Scottish tuition fees has ended in compromise, with the government promising to establish an independent commission to monitor the effects of the so-called...
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    The NHS Executive is to clamp down on health authorities and trusts that do not put enough cash aside to cover clinical negligence claims against them.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    Nurses, midwives and non-clinical NHS staff could be offered large pay increases soon, despite Gordon Brown's insistence that he will keep the lid on public sector pay.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    The Comprehensive Spending Review underlines the government's commitment to continue along the path of the Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    Calls from housing organisations for a re-think on the way VAT is charged on property refurbishments received a boost this week with support from the chairman of the government's Urban Task Force.
  • 9 Jul 98
    Prime minister Tony Blair this week took a more conciliatory tone towards local government when he urged councils to help Labour deliver its modernising agenda but his message failed to win over the...

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