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  • Public Finance
    8 Feb 01
    The gap between high and low performing schools is still too wide, Ofsted warned this week, following the publication of its annual report.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A powerful committee of MPs has slated the Lord Chancellor's department for its lax handling of the failing Public Trust Office. It also questioned the decision to pay the PTO's departing chief...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A consortium of Welsh local authorities is demanding the Home Office keep its promise to reimburse them for money spent developing services to help asylum seekers.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A south London borough's £1bn-plus regeneration programme is under the spotlight after the shock resignation of its mayor from the Labour group last week.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    The number of vacant council and housing association properties is rising in spite of an overall decrease in empty homes, new figures reveal.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    The most expensive building venture undertaken by English Partnerships, the government's national urban regeneration and development agency, faces its acid test this week when the London Borough of...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Local government minister Hilary Armstrong is to send a seven-strong financial hit squad into the London Borough of Hackney to help the troubled authority deal with its budget deficit.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Andrew Pinder has been confirmed as the government's new e-envoy, the key post in driving through its ambitious UK online project.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Chancellor Gordon Brown could be sitting on an even bigger budget surplus than anticipated because government departments are not spending their allocations, according to the Institute for Fiscal...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Although local authority fraud is down for the first time in ten years, councils still face an uphill battle to control housing benefit fraud, the Audit Commission warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    A last-minute £188m cash injection into this week's local government finance settlement may not be enough to head off mounting pay and service pressures, warn councils.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    William Hague has promised that the next Conservative government would 'deregulate' schools and hospitals as part of a drive to boost standards in public services.
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    Ofsted chief inspector Mike Tomlinson adopted a new, conciliatory approach to local education authorities this week, despite the publication of a report that accuses LEAs of having little effect on...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 01
    The Welsh Assembly laid itself open to the risk of fraud by failing to perform the most basic accounting requirements, according to a scathing report this week from the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Housing associations which raise substantial amounts of private investment must never forget their role as public sector bodies, their regulator warned this week. In his first major speech to the...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    An 'apocalyptic' future awaits Scottish water authorities if forthcoming competition legislation does not protect them against the 'cherry-picking' of their lucrative industrial contracts, an...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    A new magazine went on sale in British hospitals this week, with the aim of raising an extra £5m to make patients' stays more comfortable. The team behind feelgood hope that sales of their glossy mix...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Northern Ireland's finance and personnel committee is this week expected to propose an amendment to the province's bill for the introduction of resource accounting, to enable auditors to follow the...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone faces a showdown with the Greater London Assembly over his controversial budget after public clashes with members this week. Livingstone stood by his guns as he presented...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    According to the Home Office, the UK has a proud tradition of providing a safe haven for 'genuine' asylum seekers.
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has pledged an extra £100m for the government's neighbourhood renewal fund, doubling the amount of money being given to deprived areas next year. The money is in...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 01
    Cemeteries, it appears, have become perilous places. According to the Association of Burial Authorities, the problem is the gravestones themselves: one in ten, it says, is a public danger. Crumbling...
  • Public Finance
    18 Jan 01
    More than 40% of government services are now available electronically, and this figure is set to reach 75% by 2002, according to statistics released this week by the Cabinet Office. This puts...
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 01
    Local authority and NHS leaders this week called on the government to give district councils the right to scrutinise local health services.
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 01
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has vehemently rejected suggestions that he is about to agree a compromise with the government over its controversial plans to partially privatise the Tube.

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