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  • Public Finance
    31 May 01
    As we enter the final week of the election campaign there are two key questions: can William Hague succeed in his aim of getting the election focus firmly on the issue of Europe, and will it make any...
  • Public Finance
    31 May 01
    Here is a bold prediction: Labour will lose the election on June 7. Major seats will be lost, the party's share of the vote will be lower than the Conservatives and they could lose their position as...
  • Public Finance
    31 May 01
    The British Medical Association has thrown its weight behind plans to check doctors' fitness to practise after the General Medical Council decided to press ahead with its proposals.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Derry City Council is facing legal action because of a decision to award £385,000 of rental income from housing the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday to a group representing victims and their...
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Best Value could lead to major changes in the administration and management of council pension funds, it has emerged.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    The Post Office is set to call in postal managers and volunteers to limit the damage caused by a series of strikes by sorting-office workers this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Long-time Labour Party watchers have grown used to dealing with the Hard Left and Soft Left. Now we have the one-man Straight Left faction too.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    The Royal College of Nursing's annual conference has narrowly backed a motion condemning NHS trusts and recruitment agencies that make up staffing shortfalls by hiring nurses from abroad.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Northern Ireland's pro-Good Friday Agreement parties are predicting that June 7's general election will provide a significant boost at the simultaneous local polls.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    College lecturers went on their first national strike for a decade this week, causing disruption during exam time for students at 290 colleges across England.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has urged the government not to back a draft European Union regulation which makes it compulsory for metro systems to be put out to tender every five years.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    South Yorkshire's Passenger Transport Executive is considering investing millions of pounds to extend the Sheffield tram network to Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    A pilot project using Internet technology to educate children who are not attending school has produced impressive results and is set to be rolled out across the country.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Tory spending proposals have been heavily criticised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for failing to demonstrate support for arm's-length management companies or the Private Finance...
  • Public Finance
    17 May 01
    The Private Finance Initiative this week emerged as an unlikely and crucial general election issue with the government's record on public spending being attacked on several fronts.
  • Public Finance
    17 May 01
    A leaked document from the Institute for Public Policy Research on the future relationship between public services and private contractors may foreshadow a total reorganisation of health, education...
  • Public Finance
    17 May 01
    Patients' lives are being put at risk because the NHS is 'chronically understaffed and underfunded', the British Medical Association warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    17 May 01
    The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the Liberal Democrats' manifesto promise to use higher taxes to recruit more nurses and give them a £1,000 pay rise.
  • Public Finance
    17 May 01
    'We've gone through lots of pain to get here, but we have never lost sight of our pupils. This Award is the most special thing.'
  • Public Finance
    10 May 01
    The government's long-awaited proposals to regenerate the ailing Post Office network by extending banking services to the financially excluded were unveiled this week. After months of wrangling, the...
  • Public Finance
    10 May 01
    Ideological differences between the main political parties on how to improve public services emerged this week as the general election campaign finally got under way.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Public Accounts Committee chairman David Davis has condemned as 'staggering' the £3.9bn clinical negligence bill facing the NHS in England.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Social landlords bidding for money from the Housing Corporation's Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund no longer have to raise matched funding from a local authority.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Twenty-two of the poorest neighbourhoods in England have secured a total of more than £1bn in central government regeneration funding over the next ten years.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    The beleaguered Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) has asked for advice from its remaining members on how to improve its services, revamp its structure and recover from the defection of...

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