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  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    An £84m hole has been discovered in the accounts of National Savings, the government agency that offers personal savings products to the public to help finance the National Debt. Fraud has not been...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    Rent reform should begin immediately, with a major increase in the subsidy paid to registered social landlords, ministers were told by the National Housing Federation this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    Four out of five health authorities and a third of hospitals are in debt, leading to a cumulative deficit of £540m, according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    Training and Enterprise Councils face abolition in their present form, under government proposals to be published at the end of the month.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    The first takeover of one council-owned airport by another was confirmed this week when Manchester Airport successfully completed its purchase of Humberside International Airport.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    NHS managers are all too aware that there is rarely a moment to pause and take stock.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    The future of national pay bargaining for 1.6 million local government workers is up for grabs, following the launch of a three-month consultation by the Employers' Organisation.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Changes to Britain's phone system which could end up costing councils hundreds of thousands of pounds were met this week with a collective shrug of the shoulders from the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Planning regulations must be tightened up so that more people have the chance to rent or buy low-cost homes, ministers were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Local Education Authorities found themselves in the government's sights again this week when Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped up the attack on spending on schools.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    The government admitted last week it is prepared to change the data protection laws if they obstruct its plans to modernise the delivery of public services.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    CIPFA is beginning the search for a new chief executive to replace David Adams, who will stand down when his contract expires next March.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    The Private Finance Initiative must be applied wholesale to the National Health Service to ensure as many people as possible are treated, according to shadow health secretary Ann Widdecombe.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    The NHS is wasting up to £50m a year on private health care for mentally ill patients after closing nearly 10,000 psychiatric beds, health watchdog London Emergency Health has claimed. In a report...
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    The government has admitted that half this year's funding increase for education will be swallowed up by the teachers' pay rise, leaving much less than expected for other improvements.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Smokers and homeless people are being targeted as part of a drive to improve the health of some of the poorest areas in England.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    A star rating system similar to that used by hotels and restaurants is likely to be applied to local authorities as part of Best Value inspections of their services.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Public service unions have ducked a confrontation over comments from the prime minister about the future of annual pay negotiations across the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Health authorities in Wales will receive more than £2bn in 1999/2000 £193m more than last year, representing an increase of more than 10.2%.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Customs & Excise has come under attack from a powerful House of Commons committee over its anti-drug smuggling operations.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Local authorities in the north, the Midlands and Scotland will now be expected to absorb 20,000 or more refugees from the Kosovo war, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The role of negotiating grants to the new Scottish assembly has been given to John Reid, who impressed Number 10 when transport minister by facing down protesting lorry-drivers angered by increases...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Critics of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have leapt on a National Audit Office report criticising the first major NHS hospital built under the policy.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Ministry of Defence suffers unnecessary problems disposing of redundant land and buildings because the government has not made the abolition of Crown immunity a top priority, according to...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Comparisons between high and low-spending councils are misplaced and have little bearing on efficiency, according to the University of Loughborough.

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