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  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn launched a countrywide consultation programme with NHS staff and patients this week and said it should lead to a new Beveridge report that will shape the health service...
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The Ministry of Defence claimed this week it was on target to meet its Public Service Agreement of delivering £700m worth of receipts by 2002 from the sale of its surplus assets.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Councils must be given 'freedom and flexibility' to help deliver the government's ten-year strategy to renew deprived neighbourhoods, the Local Government Association warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    London Transport's chief executive has admitted to MPs that London Underground would still face a 'funding gap' if the proposed £8bn public-private partnership went ahead.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The government launched a stinging attack on the quality of adoption services this week in what could be the first move to loosen local authorities' grip on social services.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    The slow and painful negotiations to shore up the ailing Pimlico School PFI deal have been given a new lease of life with a last-minute extension of the credit allocation for the project.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    The government has offered high-performing councils a 'third way' to hang on to housing stock, as registered social landlords were put on course to become the dominant housing providers by 2004.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    Nurses and GPs were this week asked to act as frontline midwives in delivering the Blair government's baby of health service modernisation.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    The finance director of the largest local authority in England has questioned the value-for-money justification for public-private partnerships and admitted that she has doubts about the cost...
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 00
    The Inland Revenue may be compromising its independence by working too closely with the private contractor EDS on a ten-year outsourcing deal, the National Audit Office has warned.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 00
    The government has reacted strongly to an Audit Commission report which says disabled people are facing long waits for equipment that is often sub-standard or even useless.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 00
    Housing associations should not overstretch themselves by 'dabbling' in too many new activities, according to the chief executive of one of London's largest registered social landlords.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    Money meant for frontline council services is being used to fund an ever-burgeoning local government pension bill instead. Local authorities in England and Wales spent almost £2bn in 1998/99 on...
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    The government signalled further expansion of the health service telephone helpline NHS Direct this week after a study found it had lifted some of the pressure on out-of-hours GP services.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    The Ministry of Defence failed to maximise value for money in its £612m telecommunications system under the Private Finance Initiative, the National Audit Office has found.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    The Treasury is no longer considered to be the 'enemy' of other Whitehall departments, Gill Noble, deputy director of its public services directorate, said this week.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    Concerns are mounting over the Welsh Assembly's failure to address problems in the NHS that have sent waiting lists soaring in Wales.
  • 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.

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