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  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    Bath and North East Somerset's social services department must improve its children's services if it is to meet the challenges of Best Value, according to a joint report from the Audit Commission and...
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    The health service's financial problems look set to deepen, with health authorities and hospitals predicting major deficits for 2000/01, despite ministers' hopes of a return to financial balance.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    The government defiantly signalled its increasing commitment to public-private partnerships this week with the announcement that the total value of such projects will almost double to £20bn over the...
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    A blunder by civil servants of 'gargantuan proportions' has cost the Benefits Agency dear, with the government announcing that it is to lose all its policy and operational responsibility for pensions...
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    GPs were told direct from Downing Street that they must embrace change or face extinction this week. The health service must be reinvented as a 'twenty-first century service sector industry', Prime...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Higher spending by police forces in England and Wales does not necessarily produce a better service, figures published this week show.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    NHS managers and doctors were asking how they would cope with increased patient expectation and lack of cash this week as Health Secretary Alan Milburn launched a plan to cut deaths from heart...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Council tax bills across England and Wales are predicted to rise by an average of 6.3% to £837 for band D properties in 2000/01 about three times the rate of inflation.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Housing associations in the North appear to have lost out to those from the South in the coming year's housebuilding programme.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The government is suffering from 'pilot mania' in its present quest for more efficient government, a leading management consultant has warned.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office have failed to meet targets for the introduction of resource accounting and budgeting.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    A second year of modest council tax rises in Scotland was expected to be announced on March 9, with average figures within the 5% ceiling set by the Scottish Executive.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead has urged the government to stop dodging the thorny issue of school finance reform, warning that without extra funding for poor schools the problems of...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Town halls could be forced to accelerate their electronic service delivery programmes following the prime minister's pledge to get the whole of Britain on-line by 2005.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The government this week promised £10m in emergency aid to local authorities coping with large numbers of asylum seekers, but Home Office ministers backtracked on a promise to take responsibility for...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    A planned council tax increase of 12% in the London Borough of Hillingdon was dropped at the last minute on Monday in favour of a rise of 7.9%, after the government came up with an 11th-hour grant...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    A new training programme has been launched by the Improvement and Development Agency (Idea) to help prepare local government managers for new political arrangements and Best Value.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The chief inspector of nuclear installations told MPs this week that concerns that a public-private partnership for the troubled British nuclear industry would reduce safety were unfounded.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    The Inland Revenue is likely to pursue a compensation claim against Andersen Consulting after a catalogue of delays with the new National Insurance Recording System has left it four years behind...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Ken Livingstone, still pondering whether to abandon the Labour Party and run against official candidate Frank Dobson for the post of London's mayor, said on March 1 that it would be a further two...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Health minister John Denham has called on health authorities to give greater support to primary care groups (PCGs) after a Department of Health survey showed wide variations in the amount of money...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    The recent reforms proposed by Sir Richard Wilson, the head of the civil service, are 'self-indulgent' and take no account of cost, according to a leading former civil servant.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Up to 1.3 million local government workers are set to receive a pay rise of just 3% despite warnings that councils are facing a worsening recruitment crisis.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    A quarrel has broken out among local authorities over the dispersal of asylum seekers around the UK.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Current audit arrangements for councils, largely carried out within the public sector, keep fees down, local government minister Hilary Armstrong claimed this week.

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