Opinion

  • Public Finance
    22 May 09
    JOHN DUNFORD l School league tables are out of fashion, to be replaced by scorecards that will judge schools on more balanced and holistic criteria. But the design will need to be carefully thought...
  • Public Finance
    22 May 09
    STUART ETHERINGTON l Charities must adapt to survive in these turbulent economic times. They need better financial systems and should consider diversifying their income streams and collaborating...
  • Public Finance
    22 May 09
    MIKE THATCHER | A future Conservative government would result in ‘chaos’ with all manner of spending cuts, the prime minister claimed this week.
  • Public Finance
    22 May 09
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Earlier this year, as the furore over parliamentary expenses was gaining momentum, I visited one of a diminishing number of MPs who can still claim a working-class background.
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    Anna Coote’s article (‘Growth defects’, April 10—17) is a valuable contribution to the issues now facing the global economy
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    Your news story, ‘Bill for Manchester waste PFI scheme hits £4.7bn’, states that the ‘rise (in cost) was caused mainly by the increased cost of finance and greater transfer of risk to the contractor’
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    JOHN THORNTON l The prime minister has had some bad experiences of using the internet recently. But websites such as Twitter and YouTube could be essential for governments in communicating with the...
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    MARIA DONOGHUE-MILLS l Community problems usually require local answers. But good practice is rarely passed on. However, the Can Do programme aims to share valuable knowledge through a network of...
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    GABRIELLE PRESTON l Despite government rhetoric about reducing poverty and inequalities – and the slew of policies and laws to achieve this – the poorest people in the UK are being penalised and...
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Who could argue with Stephen Fry, the erudite actor, writer and presenter, in his dismissal of the MPs’ expenses furore as simply ‘not that important’? Well, pretty much the rest of...
  • Public Finance
    15 May 09
    PETER RIDDELL | Who would be an elected politician? The mood at Westminster among MPs is one of despair and — at least among the shrewder ones — of shame.
  • Public Finance
    8 May 09
    ANDREW COLLINGE l Local authorities have a pivotal part to play in easing unemployment during the recession. Many of the initiatives in the Budget will rely on local projects and councils cannot...
  • Public Finance
    8 May 09
    JUDY HIRST | Regulators are in a strange place right now. With all parties engaged in a Dutch auction over the future size of the public sector, quangos are easy targets for spending cuts.
  • Public Finance
    8 May 09
    CAREY OPPENHEIM | Schools closed, patients confined, face masks dished out, antivirals prescribed and the chief medical officer on primetime television.
  • Public Finance
    1 May 09
    IAIN MACWHIRTER | Scotland’s large public sector has cushioned it from the worst effects of the recession so far. But faced with a big grant cut next year, it will need to be allowed to raise taxes...
  • Public Finance
    1 May 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Something has to give. With the public finances in disarray, a number of ‘big-ticket’ public projects face cancellation whoever wins the next general election.
  • Public Finance
    1 May 09
    MELISSA BENN | It was not the stuff of banner headlines. Potentially dodgy economic dossiers took that particular crown. But Alistair Darling’s Budget day announcement of 50,000 new traineeships in...
  • Public Finance
    28 Apr 09
    NIGEL KEOHANE | Some public service managers think we should forget ‘personalisation’, believing it to be a luxury when budgets are being cut
  • Public Finance
    24 Apr 09
    MARTIN EVANS | The current tough economic conditions and cuts in public expenditure will test to the limit local authorities’ ability to manage their money effectively.
  • Public Finance
    24 Apr 09
    MIKE THATCHER | 'You can grow your way out of recession; you cannot cut your way out,’ warned the chancellor as he outlined the government’s spending plans in this week’s Budget.
  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 09
    JOHN THORNTON | IT leaves a huge carbon footprint that not only harms the planet, but also wastes money.
  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 09
    NIALL DICKSON | Despite being the envy of other nations, there are variations in the quality of general practice provision in England.
  • No 10
    17 Apr 09
    Next week’s Budget will take place against the backdrop of a £40bn hole in the public finances.
  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 09
    JUDY HIRST | This, we are told, is going to be an austerity Budget. The chancellor will be forced to row back from even the bleak forecasts set out in the Pre-Budget Report. Record levels of...
  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 09
    HELEN DISNEY | Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government these days brings to mind the image of the proverbial headless chicken. It keeps on running wildly, lurching from side to side, even after...

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