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  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Housing may be ignored by Labour as the government sets spending targets for a second term in office, prospective mayor of London Ken Livingstone warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Improvement and Development Agency is to lead the fightback against the government's privatisation agenda for schools by creating its own 'hit squads' for local education authorities.
  • Public Finance
    13 May 99
    The Cabinet Office seriously breached parliamentary accountability when it failed to meet statutory financial deadlines following the privatisation of three government agencies in 1996, according to...
  • Public Finance
    13 May 99
    A strong impetus has been given to private sector management of state schools by publication of a government list of selected consultancies that will be permitted to bid for services mismanaged by...
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw this week committed Britain to accepting 1,000 Kosovar refugees a week and promised local authorities that the government will foot the bill.
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    The English NHS is slowly hauling itself back into the black but a significant number of health authorities and trusts are still in serious financial difficulties, according to the National Audit...
  • Public Finance
    29 Apr 99
    The Local Government Association's demands for comprehensive transport legislation in the next Queen's Speech has won backing from a House of Commons select committee.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Moves to streamline the housing benefit system are being stepped up after evidence that delays in processing claims is the major cause of rent arrears.
  • 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.

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