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  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    Teaching unions have applauded the government's zero-tolerance guidelines on the exclusion of bullies and thugs from schools.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    Social work departments in Scotland are making progress in many of their core activities, according to the Accounts Commission.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has outlined the government's revised strategy for tackling the 'cruel shambles' of public services in the poorest communities.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    Britain's first Asian permanent secretary, Suma Chakrabarti, broke more new ground this week by agreeing a family-friendly working week in his new job at the Department for International Development...
  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    NHS managers gave a qualified welcome to this week's announcement giving greater independence to the best trusts but remained sceptical over Alan Milburn's masterplan for a brave new world in the...
  • Public Finance
    17 Jan 02
    Walsall council is in danger of 'slipping down the same slippery slope' as Hackney, Audit Commission controller Sir Andrew Foster has warned.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Teaching unions spent last week squabbling among themselves over figures released by the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, which claimed that head teachers were hoarding...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Westminster City Council has said it will pursue all avenues to track down the £27m owed it by former leader Dame Shirley Porter and her deputy David Weeks.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Education leaders have welcomed plans to 'remodel' the teaching profession by giving teachers more time to prepare and plan their lessons.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    A government-funded campaign aimed at dismissing the image of the UK as a soft touch for asylum seekers has been scrapped after only 17 of 17,500 refugees at the controversial Sangatte Red Cross...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    The Local Government Information Unit has responded to what it described as a 'patronising', 'simplistic' and 'pseudo-scientific' local government white paper by establishing an independent...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Council leaders have accused Mayor Ken Livingstone of 'attempting to bleed Londoners dry' with his suggested 35% increase in the Greater London Authority precept.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Principals in further education colleges received average salary increases of 4.5% last year, according to a report.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Ian Blair, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, has warned that the force's 2002/03 financial settlement could throw the capital's policing into 'crisis', despite a likely...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Unions and the private sector are still wrangling over the details of the government's Best Value review three weeks after the final deadline for talks, leaving the timetable for reform looking...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    A local authority chief executive and former head teacher is to become the next chief of Ofsted.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    A private consortium selected as a preferred bidder for the government's proposed public-private partnership for the London Underground has denied claims that ministers are about to pull the plug on...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Ministerial intervention into Britain's largest council looks inevitable after Birmingham this week strongly rejected the government's calls for a referendum for a directly elected mayor.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Nurses will feel 'sorely let down' by a pay rise that will give experienced staff nurses an extra £9 a week, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    MPs have warned the Housing Corporation to keep a tight rein on the risk management of registered social landlords as the sector comes under increasing financial pressure.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    The Local Government Association has attacked the recent local government finance settlement for ignoring the increased demands being made on councils over personal social services.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    The level of private finance raised by housing associations is continuing to increase by more than 15% per year, new figures show.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Northern Ireland's ambulance workers held an emergency meeting this week to consider strike action in protest at continuing attacks after a brick was thrown into an ambulance, injuring two paramedics.
  • Public Finance
    13 Dec 01
    Labour is facing a major crisis over homelessness after figures showed the number of families living in bed and breakfast accommodation has risen by nearly a quarter in just 12 months.
  • Public Finance
    13 Dec 01
    Increasing patient expectations will provide the greatest impetus for the NHS to improve, Neil McKay, NHS chief operations officer told the HFMA conference.

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