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  • 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...
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    The troubled £660m national stadium project was left in limbo this week after the Football Association said it could no longer afford to finance the scheme, forcing the government to step in.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    The Treasury has saved £6.5bn on the housing benefit bill since 1996 because of restrictions on claims introduced by the last government, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    GPs are angry that much is evident. The actions of those who on May Day closed their surgeries to all but emergency cases led family doctors to be mentioned in the same breath as the militant anti-...
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Prime Minister Tony Blair's vision of installing directly elected mayors in English cities is looking increasingly shaky as previously pacesetting authorities apply the brakes.
  • Public Finance
    3 May 01
    Harlow District Council in Essex is one of the worst-performing local authorities in the UK, according to the Best Value Inspectorate.
  • Public Finance
    26 Apr 01
    The Audit Commission has announced the results of its largest audit services' procurement exercise in which it awarded 38 'framework' contracts worth £34m.
  • Public Finance
    26 Apr 01
    Doctors and managers backed Health Secretary Alan Milburn this week as he announced sweeping reforms to decentralise the NHS and cut at least £100m from the service's administration to plough back...
  • Public Finance
    19 Apr 01
    The Housing Corporation must be careful not to 'throw away its good work' when its new regulatory framework for housing associations comes into effect, according to the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    19 Apr 01
    The Department of Health this week launched an agency to increase patient safety and cut the cost of medical errors and negligence.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 01
    Westminster City Council is planning to set up its own team of 'enforcers' to tackle the 'Ibiza-style yob culture' said to be blighting the West End of London.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 01
    Transport funding in Scotland is lagging way behind that of England and is producing a two-tier system, according to the chairman of the government's Commission for Integrated Transport.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 01
    Rural county councils are defying the prime minister's calls for the countryside to be 'open for business' by planning to keep footpaths and rights of way closed over the Easter weekend.
  • Public Finance
    5 Apr 01
    The Treasury is urging Whitehall departments to embrace wholeheartedly the biggest financial shake-up in central government for 140 years.
  • Public Finance
    5 Apr 01
    Commercial lenders are keeping a close eye on social landlords in case their financial strength is impaired by rent restructuring.
  • Public Finance
    5 Apr 01
    Local authorities are facing an administrative headache and a hefty bill after the government's decision to put back the local shire county elections and in all probability the general election...
  • Public Finance
    5 Apr 01
    The government has bowed to pressure from local authorities and agreed to make it easier to set up arm's-length housing management companies.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    MPs have demanded an 'urgent' explanation from ministers about a botched investigation into alcohol smuggling that cost Customs and Excise nearly £900m in uncollected revenue.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    The government's obsession with inspection to deliver improved public services does not improve performance in the UK, according to an influential policy unit.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    The government has announced an extra £11.25m to clock in pupils electronically in an effort to help 500 secondary schools combat truancy.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    Many councils are not doing enough to provide their services electronically and could get left behind if they do not act soon, local government minister Beverley Hughes warned last week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    The head of the National Audit Office has blamed central government's problems with resource accounting on a lack of qualified personnel.
  • Public Finance
    29 Mar 01
    The amount of private finance committed to social housing is continuing to increase at about 16% annually.

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