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  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Though few NHS managers would deny nurses and doctors their inflation-busting pay awards, the government's acceptance of the review bodies' recommendations has given them an almighty headache.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Whitehall's poor management skills were highlighted again this week with the publication of two reports which call for vastly improved financial management at both the Ministry of Defence and in the...
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Andrew Dilnot, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and a beady-eyed monitor of public spending plans, is a leading candidate to head the government's revamped statistics service.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Finance managers have warned that the NHS could be in 'serious difficulty' if it has to fund the inflation-busting pay awards announced this week without further cash from the government.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Inaccurate income support and jobseekers allowance payments by the Benefits Agency totalled almost £1bn in 1998/99, figures published by the National Audit Office have revealed.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Effective community strategies will be at the heart of achieving Best Value in housing, local authorities were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Labour's political reform of local government faces its strongest grassroots opposition yet with elected members of a London council threatening unlawful action.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Housing associations could face tougher risk management controls under plans being considered by the Housing Corporation.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Councils are to be given financial incentives to encourage them to detect housing benefit fraudsters.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Representatives of the Confederation of British Industry came under fire this week from a member of the Treasury select committee's inquiry into the Private Finance Initiative.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Police forces in England and Wales could lose 300 officers as a result of a Treasury decision not to allow the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service to claim back their...
  • 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.

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