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  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Public service unions have ducked a confrontation over comments from the prime minister about the future of annual pay negotiations across the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Health authorities in Wales will receive more than £2bn in 1999/2000 £193m more than last year, representing an increase of more than 10.2%.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Customs & Excise has come under attack from a powerful House of Commons committee over its anti-drug smuggling operations.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Local authorities in the north, the Midlands and Scotland will now be expected to absorb 20,000 or more refugees from the Kosovo war, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The role of negotiating grants to the new Scottish assembly has been given to John Reid, who impressed Number 10 when transport minister by facing down protesting lorry-drivers angered by increases...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Critics of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have leapt on a National Audit Office report criticising the first major NHS hospital built under the policy.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Ministry of Defence suffers unnecessary problems disposing of redundant land and buildings because the government has not made the abolition of Crown immunity a top priority, according to...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Comparisons between high and low-spending councils are misplaced and have little bearing on efficiency, according to the University of Loughborough.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Department of Health is planning to introduce money-back financial incentives for health authorities across the country as part of its crackdown on fraud in the National Health Service.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Ministers announced this week that they are looking for 40 more councils to apply for Beacon status.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Number 10 should force high-profile directly elected mayors on Britain's major cities regardless of the wishes of reluctant councils, a political reform group urged this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Police authorities have rejected claims by an independent watchdog that they are struggling to make their IT systems millennium-compliant.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Housing may be ignored by Labour as the government sets spending targets for a second term in office, prospective mayor of London Ken Livingstone warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Improvement and Development Agency is to lead the fightback against the government's privatisation agenda for schools by creating its own 'hit squads' for local education authorities.
  • Public Finance
    13 May 99
    The Cabinet Office seriously breached parliamentary accountability when it failed to meet statutory financial deadlines following the privatisation of three government agencies in 1996, according to...
  • Public Finance
    13 May 99
    A strong impetus has been given to private sector management of state schools by publication of a government list of selected consultancies that will be permitted to bid for services mismanaged by...
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw this week committed Britain to accepting 1,000 Kosovar refugees a week and promised local authorities that the government will foot the bill.
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    The English NHS is slowly hauling itself back into the black but a significant number of health authorities and trusts are still in serious financial difficulties, according to the National Audit...
  • Public Finance
    29 Apr 99
    The Local Government Association's demands for comprehensive transport legislation in the next Queen's Speech has won backing from a House of Commons select committee.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Moves to streamline the housing benefit system are being stepped up after evidence that delays in processing claims is the major cause of rent arrears.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Ministers have rejected NHS finance leaders' calls for financial targets to be relaxed and have ordered health authorities and trusts in England back to the drawing board to eliminate a projected £...
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    The capital's fire engines will be supplied and managed by the private sector for the first 20 years of the next century, following this week's announcement of a £45m Private Finance Initiative deal...
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    Serious financial irregularities at a further education college in Cheshire could be occurring in colleges across the country, the National Audit Office warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    The first 21 projects in the government's £80m Sure Start programme have been given the green light and are expected to provide extra services to 18,000 disadvantaged children four years old and...
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The government is pressing ahead with funding changes for supported and sheltered housing despite objections from housing associations.

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