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  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    The Commons' environment committee has criticised the government's decision to go ahead with its controversial plan to part-privatise the National Air Traffic Services before the Swanwick control...
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    Housing association rents should not be kept artificially high so that registered social landlords can fund activities linked to neighbourhood renewal, housing minister Nick Raynsford warned this...
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    The former Scottish Office failed to prepare a comprehensive procurement strategy when it began preparations for a new building for the Scottish Parliament, auditor general Bob Black said this week.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    The chair of the Commission for Racial Equality has urged funding bodies to ensure that the community and public projects they bankroll are implementing strategies to combat racism.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    Tony Blair's plan to give everyone access to NHS dentistry by September 2001 will fail unless more cash is found, the British Dental Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Local authorities were trying to pick up the pieces of disrupted services as fuel began to trickle slowly back into garages and council depots after the government's ultimatum to petrol companies to...
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    The first seven councils to be assessed on Best Value criteria by Wendy Thomson's new local government inspectorate have passed with flying colours.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Local authorities have voiced fears that next week's Finance green paper will be nothing more than a damp squib with vague proposals designed to smooth tensions until after the General Election.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Nearly three-quarters of London councils have altered their structures to take account of the move towards Cabinet-style decision-making set out in the Local Government Act.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    A £1.3m government-funded research programme that will play a key role in deciding how Britain's local authorities meet new tough recycling targets over the next five years has been given away to...
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    The armed forces will be short of pilots for fast jets until 2012, even if current targets are met, the National Audit Office has declared in a report published this week on the training of new...
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Union leaders have launched a swingeing attack on the government's promotion of private sector involvement in public services at the Trades Union Congress in Glasgow.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    The government's wider markets initiative is set to take off as departments realise they can retain profits made in joint ventures with the private sector, a seminar was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Dot.com companies could soon be processing passport applications, driving licences and even benefits under plans to allow the private and voluntary sectors to deliver on-line government services.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The fight against street crime in the West Midlands has been taken to the Internet. Pictures of the 'ten most wanted' suspects in the region have been posted on the West Midlands Police Force website...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Wiltshire this week claimed to be on course to open the country's first custom-built joint communications centre for all three emergency services.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Local Government Association joined this week's manifesto frenzy in an attempt to halt the government's drive to marginalise councils in the run-up to the General Election.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Council tax should be replaced with a 'fair local income tax' according to pre-manifesto plans from the Liberal Democrats.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Surrey town of Dorking faces two obstacles as it tries to make its name on the Internet.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Highways Agency is to spend £1.2bn on new technology to get the traffic on Britain's roads moving more smoothly.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The government's hospital building programme is ill-considered and could create expensive white elephants, a King's Fund report said this week, in yet another condemnation of Private Finance...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Prime Minister Tony Blair has asked the Social Exclusion Unit to work with other government departments to cut rates of reoffending by ex-prisoners.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Conservatives' opening shots in the coming election campaign, featuring radical plans for change in education and local government, have been greeted with predictably swingeing criticism from...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The public sector has a serious image problem which is discouraging young people from seeing it as a worthwhile career and creating a recruitment crisis, according to the chief executive of the King'...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Doctors and nurses on the verge of retirement are being urged to postpone their departure until next spring to help avoid a winter crisis in the NHS.

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