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  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Last week's Private Finance Initiative global summit in Dublin was a slightly curious affair.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    The outgoing chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, Sir Alastair Morton, has told MPs that the government should seize on the demise of Railtrack as an opportunity to restructure fundamentally...
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Public services were firmly back at the top of the political agenda this week as the Commons Public Administration Select Committee announced a full inquiry into the government's reform programme.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    English local authorities are demanding a substantial increase in next year's finance settlement if they are to avert major service cuts and huge hikes in council tax.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Councils' ability to respond to emergencies in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the US is being undermined by a lack of government funding, officials claim.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    European Commission vice-president Neil Kinnock has called on the European Parliament and the European Union's Council of Ministers to introduce legislation quickly to put in place his reform...
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    GPs have increased the pressure on the government and NHS employers by threatening to hand in their notice if their new contract does not increase pensions and cut workloads.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Jobs could be under threat at Brighton & Hove Council as the long-running 'Bingate' saga concluded with councillors deciding to take the service back in-house.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Patrick Carter, the businessman turned sporting power broker, has criticised Britain's ad hoc approach to hosting sporting events and called for the creation of a body to co-ordinate bidding strategy...
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Local government minister Nick Raynsford has dashed local authorities' hopes of early legislation giving them the freedom to borrow money for capital projects.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Patients from the Southeast of England could receive routine surgery in French and German hospitals within two months.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced a £2m recruitment package for social workers at the National Social Services Conference in Harrogate on October 17 19.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Newcastle City Council's controversial plans to involve the private sector in service provision have suffered a double blow.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Local government minister Nick Raynsford indicated this week that a proportion of the £350m due to be allocated to councils to promote electronic government will be reserved for partnership schemes.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Elderly people in Northern Ireland are in despair at the loss of home help services as the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety tries to cope with a £120m deficit, claims Unison,...
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    The future of the Public Private Partnership Programme, local government's advisory agency, was thrown into doubt this week with the departure of its chief executive.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Key workers will not be taxed on loans they receive under the Starter Home Initiative providing the money does not come directly from their employer.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Public-private partnerships could supplant full-scale privatisation as the policy of the future following Railtrack's demise, a conference in Dublin was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    The Housing Corporation is to make housing in the countryside a priority.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    A £300m, two-year cash injection that will be paid directly to local authorities will go some way to relieving bed blocking, the Local Government Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council were this week pushing the boundaries of strategic partnerships after agreeing a short-list of private companies to merge their support...
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Local government modernisation is being seriously hampered by fears of major job cuts, according to a former high-profile council chief.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    As the prime minister embarks on his mission to change the world, it seems appropriate that his junior colleagues are left with the more mundane task of reconstructing Britain.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Shadow local government secretary Theresa May has pledged that a future Conservative administration would scrap the Government Offices for the Regions and hand their powers back to local authorities.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Fourteen councils have bid to set up arm's-length management companies as an alternative to transferring their houses to a new landlord.

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