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  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The new head of the NHS Executive said this week that he aims to create a single health service, breaking down the barriers between public health, social services and the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The NHS Plan has not altered the Department of Health's determination to deliver its 1998 information technology strategy, HFMA delegates were told.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The Business Improvement District (Bid) approach, which uses levies on businesses to transform derelict neighbourhoods across the US, will take a step closer to becoming part of the British...
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    Departing NHS finance director Colin Reeves has urged health authorities to spend the extra cash they have been given in the current financial year as a 'necessary first step in making the NHS Plan a...
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    Up to 15 government departments' will publish accounts containing errors when they are made public early in the New Year.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    London local authorities could be forced to levy higher council taxes to finance Mayor Ken Livingstone's £60m plans to boost the Metropolitan Police.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Labour MP Diane Abbott has called for the government to intervene in crisis-ridden Hackney council to protect frontline services.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    On December 11, managers at the London Borough of Hackney will learn whether the current crisis caused by a gaping hole in the budget will be compounded by a mass walkout of council staff.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities may be set to receive £44bn in next year's finance settlement, an inflation-busting increase of 6.7% but, with two different funding options on offer, 47 councils are left more in...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities should not use excess demand for social housing as an excuse for denying choice to their tenants, housing minister Nick Raynsford said this week.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    A £900m European Investment Bank loan for London Underground's public- private partnership would 'compromise' government policy, a leading critic of the proposed partial privatisation of the Tube...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    The chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee has launched a scathing attack on the Ministry of Defence for 'wasting' £60m on modifications after accepting sub-standard equipment from...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    The controversial Pimlico School PFI scheme has finally collapsed in ignominy. At a meeting on November 27, the school governors rejected the scheme by a vote of ten to seven, ending more than five...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Public services in rural areas, including education, social care, transport and post offices, face an annual audit to ensure they are meeting minimum performance targets.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Conservative Party plans to establish a National Accounts Commission that would put public sector accounting standards in line with those of the private sector have been dismissed as 'naïve' and...
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Leeds City Council is to provide e-mail and Internet access for its 298 schools through a deal with BT Syncodia Systems, British Telecom's e-business arm.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The British Medical Association came under fire from the prime minister's office and NHS managers this week as doctors attacked the government's health service modernisation programme.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The Ministry of Defence is finally beginning to get to grips with overspending on major equipment procurement projects, but its timetable for delivery is falling further into arrears, according to...
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The hunt is on for a new finance director for the National Health Service after it emerged this week that Colin Reeves will leave the post in the New Year.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Ministers have spread most of next year's £2.9bn NHS increase evenly throughout the country, though some cash will be targeted at improving health in Labour's English heartlands.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The Commissioner for Public Appointments launched a charm offensive this week to encourage more people to participate in public services.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Plans to create a universal banking system for the Post Office must not be allowed to fail because of a lack of government funding, a select committee of MPs warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Ministers have altered the formula used to calculate the funding allocations for health authorities, despite a pledge that it would remain unchanged until 2002, in order to pour extra cash into...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Two NHS trusts have been lambasted by inspectors for serious management failings and a third is to have a hit squad sent in following the publication of three damning reports.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    The Committee on Standards in Public Life has shied away from imposing sanctions on members of the House of Lords, and has instead suggested a voluntary register of interests, similar to that for MPs...

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