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  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Gren Folwell has been re-elected as CIPFA's honorary treasurer for 2000/01 in the first contested election for the post in living memory.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Health minister Lord Hunt has defended the government's pioneering advice service, NHS Direct, from accusations that it is clogging up A&E departments with flu victims.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Whether the outbreak of flu sweeping Britain is an epidemic is a moot point. Statistically, it isn't. The official figures for reported cases are little more than for January last year.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    English National Parks this week warned that the disappointing financial settlement for 2000/01 could delay essential conservation projects and hamper its ability to respond to government priorities...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The chairman of an independent inquiry looking at the pattern of the school year has criticised the present system as 'medieval' and warned that 'the status quo is not an option'.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Blair government has launched a ten-point revamp of its New Deal project in an effort to counter suggestions that the scheme is not doing enough to help young people.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    A local authority insisted this week that it had taken steps to reduce stress among employees after paying a record £203,000 to a former warden at a site for gypsies.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The benefits system is still losing billions of pounds of public money due to fraud and inefficiency in spite of attempts to improve the service, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has found.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    University lecturers are complaining that inequalities in funding mean that the most disadvantaged students are getting the worst deal.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Department of Health has signalled a cautious start to its latest modernisation initiative, confirming that only 15 primary care trusts will be formed this year. Thirteen PCTs will be launched on...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Scottish finance minister Jack McConnell this week underlined the Scottish Executive's commitment to continuing with PFI and other public-private partnerships. But he added that the system was not...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Private Finance Initiative is expensive and inflexible and deflects from government priorities, a House of Commons Treasury committee was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Future London mayors were warned this week not to exceed their powers by attempting to snatch responsibilities away from borough councils.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    A Best Value partnership to provide audit services at Birmingham City Council means that auditors from the council and the private sector will work side by side.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Local education authorities that refuse to take bullying seriously could face increasing legal action from the victims, a leading teaching union has warned.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    The Treasury wants members of its public services directorate to shadow head teachers, NHS executives and senior local government officials to establish a better grasp of government spending...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    The fate of the controversial Private Finance Initiative scheme at London's Pimlico school is likely to be resolved in the next two weeks after five years of acrimony.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    The Scottish Executive is facing a showdown with Westminster next week over the treatment of asylum seekers. Home Secretary Jack Straw is anxious to persuade Scotland to accept an extra 1,000 asylum...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Many so-called regeneration projects are, in effect, schemes to help manage the irreversible decline of neighbourhoods caused by low demand for social housing, according a study commissioned by the...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Police funding must be doubled for the next three years to avoid cuts in staffing, police authorities in England and Wales will tell the Home Office next month.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    The Treasury has blocked key parts of a radical Whitehall reform programme drawn up by senior mandarins in a last-minute wrangle over cash.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Scottish Homes is being turned into an agency of the Scottish Executive in a move to bring together the rights of tenants living in council and housing association properties.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Hundreds of teaching jobs are at risk following the ending of Section 11 grants to local authorities. The grants are paid for teachers to help residents for whom English is a foreign language.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Contractors bidding for Private Finance Initiative contracts in the health service face an extra round of competition following the introduction of long-awaited guidance by Health Secretary Alan...
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    Acute shortages of social housing and the unwillingness of some councils to provide accommodation for ex-prisoners are adding to the likelihood of people reoffending after they leave prison, says a...

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