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  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    A new training programme has been launched by the Improvement and Development Agency (Idea) to help prepare local government managers for new political arrangements and Best Value.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The chief inspector of nuclear installations told MPs this week that concerns that a public-private partnership for the troubled British nuclear industry would reduce safety were unfounded.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    The Inland Revenue is likely to pursue a compensation claim against Andersen Consulting after a catalogue of delays with the new National Insurance Recording System has left it four years behind...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Ken Livingstone, still pondering whether to abandon the Labour Party and run against official candidate Frank Dobson for the post of London's mayor, said on March 1 that it would be a further two...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Health minister John Denham has called on health authorities to give greater support to primary care groups (PCGs) after a Department of Health survey showed wide variations in the amount of money...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    The recent reforms proposed by Sir Richard Wilson, the head of the civil service, are 'self-indulgent' and take no account of cost, according to a leading former civil servant.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Up to 1.3 million local government workers are set to receive a pay rise of just 3% despite warnings that councils are facing a worsening recruitment crisis.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    A quarrel has broken out among local authorities over the dispersal of asylum seekers around the UK.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Current audit arrangements for councils, largely carried out within the public sector, keep fees down, local government minister Hilary Armstrong claimed this week.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    All Private Finance Initiative schemes could be scrutinised for value for money by Westminster after ministers this week announced a fundamental review of the way central government is audited.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Councils should expect no favours from Audit Commission inspectors in the first year of Best Value, town hall managers were told last week.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Local authorities have been accused of causing yet more inconvenience to local populations by shutting down public toilets.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Social landlords are stepping up pressure on the government to improve the way councils pay housing benefit, ahead of any long-term changes to the benefits system.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Figures released this week by Customs and Excise show that the flight of serious punters to low-tax offshore betting operations is beginning to bite into government revenues.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The government is introducing IT project controls in an effort to avoid further crises with computer systems, following the problems at the Passport Agency and the Immigration and Nationality...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The NHS has begun the difficult search for a new chief executive following the shock resignation of Sir Alan Langlands this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    For the ninth year running, the National Audit Office has refused to approve the accounts of the Lord Chancellor's Department after finding insufficient evidence that the expenditure of £633m in...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Delays in discharging patients aged 75 and over cost NHS trusts more than £300m a year, the National Audit Office said this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    PricewaterhouseCoopers last week announced its intention to split its business operations into at least two divisions, recognising the complaints of conflicts of interest in the Big Five firms.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Relatives of those who died in the Paddington train crash have criticised the 'U-turn' by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in allowing the rail operating company Railtrack to retain much of its...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Government warnings to local authorities to keep down council tax rises may have been heeded. Early forecasts, based on counties' figures, suggest bills will rise by about 6% on average in line...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Local authorities breathed a sigh of relief this week as the government endorsed CIPFA's Best Value Accounting Code, accepting the argument that self-regulation is preferable to secondary legislation...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The introduction of directly elected city-region mayors whose responsibilities would cover a much wider territory than previously proposed is being considered by the government.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    John Prescott's plan to privatise the national air traffic control system is 'the worst of all possible options', according to an all-party committee of MPs. The Commons transport committee said...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Business leaders could be directly elected to regional chambers under a proposal being considered by the government to widen the background of those determining regional policy at local level.

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