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  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The Strategic Rail Authority must set 'more demanding' targets for improvements when its strategic plan for the railways is published in the autumn, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has demanded...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    Nurses and health care assistants involved in pioneering work on aromatherapy, horticultural therapy and coronary care for Asian women have been recognised in the first Prince of Wales Awards for...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The government is to push ahead with plans for school reform despite stalling its much-trailed education white paper because of concerns about privatisation and the contentious issue of single-faith...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jul 01
    The campaign for elected mayors took one leap forward then a large step back this week after residents in Watford voted yes to a US-style boss, only to find that slow work by Parliament will put back...
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Peter Mandelson has outlined a vision of English devolution that puts 'people before structures' and gives communities the tools to bring about their own renaissance.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Birmingham City Council is setting a precedent in housing transfers by asking lenders to underwrite loans worth £1bn before it consults tenants over the move.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Hopes that a new GP contract will be agreed soon rose this week after Health Secretary Alan Milburn invited the NHS Confederation to lead the discussions on behalf of health service employers.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers has pledged to forge a new relationship between central and local government by slashing bureaucracy and giving authorities greater financial freedom.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    About the only thing that provokes a consensus on Best Value is the need for change.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Risk management can have a major impact on councils' progress in achieving strategic objectives and is not a 'one-off exercise', the Audit Commission has warned.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    More than 135 companies have expressed an interest in joining a groundbreaking NHS public-private partnership, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    An £8.5m capital programme to build 22 new children's homes in Northern Ireland has been announced by the province's Health and Social Services Minister, Bairbre de Brún.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jul 01
    Newcastle upon Tyne is a city riven by divisions. On one side are hip Labour councillors ready to plough as much as £488,000 into a youth culture event, the Love Parade.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The Northern Ireland Assembly's finance and personnel committee gave a surprise endorsement to the Private Finance Initiative and other forms of public-private partnerships in a report published this...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Government ministers need to set up a £1bn package for sustainable energies, a Left-wing think-tank has warned.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Teachers this week demanded radical reductions in their workload and were given a surprisingly sympathetic ear from their employers.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The Audit Commission has warned councils they are not on track to meet statutory targets for waste management and recycling.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    Fraud Squad officers have been called in to investigate financial irregularities in the Scottish Borders Council (SBC), as the authority's internal inquiry into a near-£4m overspend nears its...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The make-or-break date for the government's policy on directly elected mayors looks increasingly like October 18 after Brighton and Hove Council became the latest authority to declare it will hold a...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Whitehall departments are to introduce 'equality audits' of their staff appraisal systems to ensure that ethnic minority, disabled and female staff are being assessed fairly on their workplace...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Consignia, formerly the Post Office, has blamed staff for its failure to meet government-set financial targets last year.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Pensioners, fishermen and schoolchildren in the Berkshire borough of Bracknell Forest will soon be able to access council services through a single smart card.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Ulster Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson has claimed that unionists will lose out to nationalists as a result of proposals from the Hayes Review of health and social services in Northern Ireland.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    The controversy over the future of public services continued to rage this week with warnings that Tony Blair's plans for widespread private sector involvement to drive up standards could become '...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Councils at the vanguard of on-line service delivery have blamed the private sector's unwillingness to form close partnerships and their own uncertainties over procurement for the hesitant...

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