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  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 01
    English councils are set to receive an increase of around 7% in grant when ministers unveil the provisional 2002/03 finance settlement next week, Public Finance can reveal.
  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 01
    The Employers Organisation is to set up a graduate training programme to try to attract some of the brightest and best university students into a career in local government.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    There are no plans to introduce 'franchise' managers into Dartford and Gravesham Trust despite the sudden departure of its chief executive this week.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    The European Court of Auditors has praised significant improvements in the way the European Union runs its financial affairs in its report on the year 2000, published this week.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    The Treasury had a leading role to play in the demise of Railtrack, Transport Secretary Stephen Byers admitted to MPs this week.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Opposition parties have condemned the one-horse race to decide the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party and with it the role of first minister as 'pathetic'.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Education Secretary Estelle Morris has pledged to free teachers from their administrative burden so they can concentrate on teaching, after consultants recommended reducing their workload.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    The future of the Public Private Partnership Programme looks increasingly uncertain after it was confirmed that there are currently no plans to replace outgoing chief executive Peter Fanning.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Two housing associations are proposing to swap a total of 1,800 homes in an attempt to reduce their management costs.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Customs officials in Northern Ireland last week seized the UK's largest ever consignment of smuggled cigarettes, valued at £8m.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Unison members at Westminster City Council have threatened to walk out over plans for a £1bn outsourcing contract intended to improve customer services.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    UK local authorities are edging ahead of their US counterparts in offering public services on-line, according to research published by an e-government business group.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    The government's drive to increase diversity across Whitehall's white, male-dominated workforce is in danger of stagnating, the First Division Association warned this week. Commenting on new...
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Voter apathy has reached crisis point and the government must take urgent action to resuscitate democracy in Britain, senior backbench MPs urged this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    A decision to give free nursing care to all nursing home residents in Wales will put pressure on the government to simplify care funding in England, Help the Aged said this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Audit Commission controller Sir Andrew Foster has revealed plans to work with a Welsh local authority to develop its much-vaunted new model for Best Value inspections.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    GPs have welcomed the double boost to primary care in the poorest areas of England that was launched by health ministers this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Strike action by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) is set to escalate after staff at a key benefit office voted to join a walkout over security issues.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Enlargement of the European Union is now vital to the security of member states following the events of September 11, members of the Committee of the Regions were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    The Local Government Association has declared its 'emphatic' opposition to any attempt by the government to ring-fence local authorities' education budgets.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    One of the charity sector's most influential figures has called for the creation of a new 'public benefit sector' capable of delivering and raising investment for major public services.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Local councils could be forced to delve deep into their reserves to shore up their employees' pension funds despite the government's insistence that an actuarial review of the market will uncover few...
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Albert Bore, one of local government's few campaigners for directly elected mayors, has narrowly survived a challenge to his leadership of Birmingham City Council.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    The government's micro-management of the NHS is frustrating innovation and preventing managers improving the service to patients, the NHS Confederation claimed this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Whitehall is out of step with public opinion over care for the elderly, according to a new survey.

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