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Articles from February 2010

Auditors Might Look into Expenses Row
Public spending" watchdog Audit Scotland is considering" carrying out a detailed investigation into Scotland's largest transport authority following a row over expenses and trips abroad.In the midst of the controversy, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport...
Charity Brings Parties Back to the Care Table
Talks aimed at building a consensus on adult social care reform are back on the table after all three main parties signalled they would attend a meeting convened by the charity Age Concern & Help the Aged.The campaign group pledged to host a debate...
Civil Service Prepares for First Hung Parliament since 1974
Whitehall is stepping up its preparations for a hung Parliament as prospects mount that no party will win a majority in the general election, likely to be held on May 6.Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell was commissioned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown...
Community Scheme 'Fails on Value for Money'
A major programme to focus resources on Wales' most deprived areas has come under renewed criticism for failing to demonstrate value for money.The Welsh Assembly's Public Accounts Committee said the Welsh Government had failed to adequately oversee die...
Council Housing 'Is Improving'
Services run by local authority housing departments continue to improve with no evidence yet that rent arrears have risen during the recession, a study has shown.According to the report by Professor Hal Pawson, council performance has improved steadily...
Councils Attack 'Irrational' and 'Unjust' Capitalisation Decision
Local authorities facing millions of pounds worth of potential losses following the collapse of die Icelandic banks are challenging the government's 'irrational' decision to allow only some councils to spread their losses.The Local Government Association...
Councils to Set Record Low Tax Rise
Local authorities in England and Wales are set to impose the lowest-ever council tax rise this year, according to CIPFA - although experts are warning of financial trouble ahead.The institute's annual survey shows that the average bill for a Band D property...
Defective IT Systems Lead to Soaring Costs at Child Maintenance Agency
Costs are 'mounting alarmingly' at the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission, where failing IT systems have led many cases to be processed by hand, MPs have warned.The CMEC replaced the Child Support Agency in 2008. Ministers admitted the CSA had...
Events
March* MARCH 2, 3, 10ClPFA carbon finance network event - Preparing for the Carbon Reduction CommitmentThe challenge of complying with the Carbon Reduction Commitment is addressed at this key eventLondon, Birmingham, YorkJonathan Partridge 020 8667 8177jonathan.partridge@cipfa.org.uk*...
Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
Commission asks what you can do for your countryMore rural councils should adopt participatory budgeting, the Commission for Rural Communities has urged.Pilot projects have been so successful that the scheme, which involves local people in public spending...
Imposed Education Initiatives Ruin Standards, Says Ofsted
Efforts to raise standards in schools have been undermined by too many Whitehall-led initiatives, according to the education watchdog.Ofsted published a report on February 24 into the impact of the government's 'National Strategies' programme, which...
Left High and Dry?
IN PROPOSALS LARGELY obscured by all the pre-election heat, the Conservatives are preparing for a quiet revolution in the way England builds houses, supermarkets, schools and infrastructure projects.Driven partly by a hostility to big government, Tory...
Look Back in Anger
maybe irs just something about Scotsmen. Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, notorious for his 'hairdryer' treatment of errant football players, once threw a boot at his star player David Beckham. Sir Fred 'the Shred' Goodwin (born Renfrewshire),...
Power to the People
FOLLOWING IN THE footsteps of Citizen Smith, it seems that 'power to the people', has become the mantra of all political parties when it comes to improving public services.The most recent incarnation of this is Conservative leader David Cameron's plan...
RSLs 'Have Weathered the Financial Storm'
Housing associations have emerged from the credit crunch in better condition than the wider economy but remain exposed to further fluctuations in the property market, a report concluded this week.Not only did the associations avoid major long-term reductions...
Scotland 'Could Face £1.2Bn Black Hole'
Proposals to give Scotland its own tax-raising powers could leave it with a deficit of more than £1.2bn, leading academics have warned.Professors Drew Scott, of Edinburgh University, and Andrew Hughes Hallett, of St Andrews University, have reviewed...
Scottish Efficiency Plans Are Not Enough, Warns Audit Scotland
Public sector plans for savings in Scotland will not he enough to meet the serious financial challenges that lie ahead, the country's spending watchdog has warned.In a report published on February 25, Audit Scotland said other options were needed. It...
Should Local Services Be Run like John Lewis?
Co-ops have come a long way since the Rochdale pioneers opened shop in 1844 and founded the Co-operative Movement. Historically a staple of tight-knit, workingclass communities, co-ops have more recently emerged as the hip choice for the ethically minded...
Stopping the Climate Crunch
COPENHAGEN, OR HOPENHAGEN' as it was dubbed, demonstrated that it really is difficult to negotiate an international agreement with almost 200 voices that need to be heard.The United Nations summit in December 2009 was intended to be the pinnacle of 20...
Tax-Break Tension
Councils, it seems, are back in favour. After years of being viewed with distrust bv Whitehall, they arc now ministers' new best Friends.Town balls have been called on b) the government to take the lead in combating the effects of the recession, dealing...
The Fourth Way?
THE PUBLIC SECTOR is too bureaucratic and inefficient; the private sector is profit-oriented and greedy. Many centrist politicians consider both these propositions to be self-evident and the starting point for any reform of public services. Hence the...
Trusts Fear Effects of NHS Tariff Changes
Hospital trusts fear they could lose 7% of their income because of changes to the NHS treatments tariff.The delayed tariff for 2010/11 was published by the Department of Health on February 22. It freezes the standard prices acute trusts will receive...
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