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  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    CIPFA this week called for a fundamental shift in the balance between local and central tax raising.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The Liberal Democrats have demanded an immediate moratorium on all NHS Private Finance Initiative schemes and greater scrutiny of private sector involvement in the public services.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The costs of increased security in the capital following the terrorist attacks on the US will have to be met by London council taxpayers unless the government agrees to a request for extra funding...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Labour's part-privatisation plans for the London Underground face further public scrutiny after an influential parliamentary committee said it would investigate whether the government's proposed...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    A council has urged local primary care groups to end years of uncertainty for patients by completing a review of services by November.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Cynics who criticised a proposed race equality code of practice for RSLs have been largely silenced, according to the chair of the inquiry team that drew it up.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Public service union Unison has demanded an urgent meeting with health minister Jacqui Smith to discuss the staffing 'crisis' in social services.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Housing stock transfers have become too process-driven and do not provide enough choice for tenants, social landlords at the National Housing Federation conference in Birmingham were told.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The NHS must 'get real' on pay and usher in a new culture of respect and partnership with all staff, Unison assistant general secretary Bob Abberley told the CIPFA health conference this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The NHS director of finance has acknowledged the rising cost pressures faced by the health service and promised to take these into account when allocating funding for next year.
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    Public transport emerged as the biggest winner in next year's Northern Ireland spending plans, announced this week by Finance Minister Mark Durkan.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    The government has failed to convince the public that it has delivered improvements in public services, even though public sector managers believe progress has been made.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Nearly half of all council services that have had a Best Value inspection have been judged unlikely to improve or worse, according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    The chief executive of a Midlands trust has admitted that patient care suffered while managers put together one of the largest NHS Private Finance Initiative deals to date.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    New social landlords set up following stock transfers from local councils are being warned against relying on former housing department staff to fill their leading posts.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Public sector trade union Unison has hailed the collapse of a £100m deal between Kent County Council and Hyder Business Services as a watershed in public-private partnerships that could ultimately...
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    NHS managers are on course for another row with doctors as the opening shots in next year's pay round were fired this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Local government officials have welcomed tough new targets on cutting air pollution but are seeking government help in implementing them.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Years of financial mismanagement and political chaos have earned the London Borough of Hackney the dubious distinction of being the first local authority to face a central government takeover.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Sir George Young, the former transport and housing minister, is the early front-runner to replace David Davis as chair of Westminster's principal audit body, the Public Accounts Committee but...
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Transport unions claimed they were misled by London Underground chiefs after a company with one contract already in the bag won a second one to manage the Tube under the public-private partnership.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Business leaders are demanding that the government keeps its promise to overhaul radically the 'failing' planning system in its forthcoming green paper.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Airline bosses have met Transport Secretary Stephen Byers to discuss the crisis in the industry following last week's terrorist attacks on the US. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have urged the...
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Imagine a massive disaster occurring in the UK and the political response being led by a councillor. Impossible.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Birmingham looks set to become the battleground for directly elected mayors, with both sides claiming victory in this week's consultative referendum.

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