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  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Ministers have rejected NHS finance leaders' calls for financial targets to be relaxed and have ordered health authorities and trusts in England back to the drawing board to eliminate a projected £...
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    The capital's fire engines will be supplied and managed by the private sector for the first 20 years of the next century, following this week's announcement of a £45m Private Finance Initiative deal...
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    Serious financial irregularities at a further education college in Cheshire could be occurring in colleges across the country, the National Audit Office warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    The first 21 projects in the government's £80m Sure Start programme have been given the green light and are expected to provide extra services to 18,000 disadvantaged children four years old and...
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The government is pressing ahead with funding changes for supported and sheltered housing despite objections from housing associations.
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The government has moved to defuse the row with the teaching unions over its plans to reform teachers' pay.
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The 28 new NHS trusts created in Scotland on April 1 should be governed by 'high levels of probity' to protect the public purse, the Accounts Commission said this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    Local government workers moved closer this week to having their salaries assessed under performance-related pay arrangements similar to those being imposed on teachers.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    School standards minister Estelle Morris has announced a £130m package of measures to boost the recruitment of secondary teachers. This includes a £5,000 incentive for students training for a Post...
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Nine out of ten NHS trusts believe they need more money to cope with the demand for care over the winter months.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Two-thirds of a sample of government construction projects worth £500m in total were completed over budget and three-quarters went beyond deadline, according to an analysis carried out for the...
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    New local government finance regulations are being drawn up to improve the accounting of Private Finance Initiative deals.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Councils face a multi-million pound bill after the second serious floods this year highlighted insurance inadequacies.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Council house repairs in England and Wales are in line for a £1.2bn cash boost from 2000/2001, according to a briefing note from Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The UK's air traffic control service, National Air Traffic Services, should be given greater commercial freedom, MPs were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The government may be forced into a messy reselection process for the Welsh Assembly following the shock resignation this week of the Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies.
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 98
    The health department has given shadow primary care groups (PCGs) an extra £9m to help them prepare for their takeover of care purchase from health authorities next April.
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 98
    Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam has put pressure on health and social services chief executives to take only modest pay rises this year. The total pay bill for the province's health service...
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Durham University has outsourced its information technology services in the first such Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme in higher education. The contract covers the university's IT systems for...
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Business and local government joined forces this week in last- ditch attempts to persuade the government to include Best Value legislation in next month's Queen's speech.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    The number of pension funds swapping asset managers rose sharply in the first half of 1998, according to a report by The WM Company, which measures investment performance.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Chancellor Gordon Brown has denied that the worldwide crisis in financial markets and the possibility of a UK recession threaten the government's extra funding commitments on health and education.
  • Public Finance
    1 Oct 98
    More than £1m has been received by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in compensation for 46 of its members who were encouraged to leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme for private pensions.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    Pressure for pay restraint in the NHS was dealt a blow this week as it emerged that chief executives' salary rises were three times higher than nurses' last year.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    The battle against NHS fraud will be lost without further government support, health service accountants warned this week.

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