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  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The British Medical Association came under fire from the prime minister's office and NHS managers this week as doctors attacked the government's health service modernisation programme.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The Ministry of Defence is finally beginning to get to grips with overspending on major equipment procurement projects, but its timetable for delivery is falling further into arrears, according to...
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The hunt is on for a new finance director for the National Health Service after it emerged this week that Colin Reeves will leave the post in the New Year.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Ministers have spread most of next year's £2.9bn NHS increase evenly throughout the country, though some cash will be targeted at improving health in Labour's English heartlands.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    The Commissioner for Public Appointments launched a charm offensive this week to encourage more people to participate in public services.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Plans to create a universal banking system for the Post Office must not be allowed to fail because of a lack of government funding, a select committee of MPs warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Ministers have altered the formula used to calculate the funding allocations for health authorities, despite a pledge that it would remain unchanged until 2002, in order to pour extra cash into...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Two NHS trusts have been lambasted by inspectors for serious management failings and a third is to have a hit squad sent in following the publication of three damning reports.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    The Committee on Standards in Public Life has shied away from imposing sanctions on members of the House of Lords, and has instead suggested a voluntary register of interests, similar to that for MPs...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn this week promised a significant expansion of the Private Finance Initiative and fired a broadside at those who have attacked the investment scheme.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    The costs of building Portcullis House, the new £230m headquarters for Westminster MPs that includes padded lifts, bronze cladding and two reception desks costing £75,000, are to be examined by the...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Councils have been placed at the forefront of transforming run-down city centres in the biggest shake-up in British urban regeneration policies for almost 25 years.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    When Nigel Crisp was handed the BBC survey of health authorities' readiness for the winter months he must have felt lucky to start his first day as English NHS chief executive with a good news story.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    An audacious plan by Halton Borough Council in Cheshire to move one of England's greatest sporting landmarks Wembley's Twin Towers from London to the north west has ended in failure, sparking an...
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    Customs and Excise is losing up to £100m a year in lost revenue because of illegal betting and could forfeit as much or more again if the trend towards Internet and offshore betting continues,...
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has bowed to pressure from local government and announced reforms to the Bellwin formula to help embattled councils deal with the floods that have devastated much...
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    Confusion still surrounds the delayed launch of the government's Citizens' Portal, aimed at providing a single electronic entry point to all public services.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    The privatisation of the national rail network has created a huge conflict between performance incentives and safety and is placing untold pressure on the industry, Railtrack chief executive Gerald...
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Council services in Wales will deteriorate without a major change in culture, auditors warned this week after a disappointing start to Best Value.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Former deputy justice minister Angus MacKay was the big winner in the Scottish Cabinet reshuffle carried out by First Minister Henry McLeish this week.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Scotland's permanent secretary, Muir Russell, has stressed the impartiality of the Civil Service following a row over the first minister's proposals to improve links between Labour backbench MSPs and...
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Smaller shire councils have been promised they will not be excluded from next year's housing stock transfer programme by larger urban authorities hoping to offload tens of thousands of homes.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    MPs are threatening to rein in Chris Woodhead, the blunt-speaking chief inspector of schools, because of his approach and attitude to their work.
  • Public Finance
    26 Oct 00
    The next generation of pensioners will be no better off than today's and face a raw deal in the future, the King's Fund warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    26 Oct 00
    Chancellor Gordon Brown's bid to encourage the private and voluntary sectors to invest up to £1bn in deprived areas will be one of the key planks of his pre-Budget report on November 8.

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