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Articles from May 2010

Alexander Defends Scotland Office Role
New Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander has denied claims that bis party has done a U-turn and abandoned its opposition to the Scotland Office.The Liberal Democrat MP, whose party made a preelection call for the abolition of the ministry, described his...
Coalition of Cuts
coalition politics might be a rarity in national government but at regional and local level it is commonplace. Scotland was run by a Labour-Liberal Democrat partnership for several years after devolution; Wales is a Labour-Plaid Cymru grouping; Birmingham...
Fair Pay Pledge Greeted with Scepticism
Prime Minister David Cameron's pledges on low public sector pay have little significance, unions have warned.The new government has set up a fair pay review, to be headed by Will Hutton, vice chair of the Work Foundation and a former Observer editor....
Four New Members Join CIPFA Council
Four new members will join the CIPFA Council in June following the latest round of elections.Sitting on the CIPFA Council for the first time are: Andrew Burns, director of finance at Staffordshire County Council; Angela Brown, an independent consultant;...
Government Goes Ahead with 'Power to the People' Policies
The new coalition government this week pushed forward with its 'Big Society' approach to reforming public services, but critics claim the Ideas are a smokescreen for cuts.On May 18, the prime minister and deputy prime minister met community leaders in...
Initiatives to Widen Access to Top Universities Are Failing
Young people from poor backgrounds are still failing to get places at top universities despite millions of pounds spent on efforts to widen participation, according to a report published on May 19.The Office for Fair Access found that while many more...
Osborne Moves to Stop the 'Fiddling' of Fiscal Forecasts
Labour's economic record took a battering this week amid allegations of reckless spending decisions and inaccurate growth and borrowing forecasts.The claims came as the new government prepared to announce £6bn of Whitehall cuts and Chancellor George...
Pickles Boosts DCLG Profile
It is a little more than a year since the Conservative party published Control shift, the green paper that pushed localism into the political mainstream.That paper - which was broadly well received by councils - can now be understood as a clear precursor...
Plumbing the Depths
Governments come and go. But the political gameplaying never stops. So this week wc had the new chancellor and chief secretary to the Treasury tut-tutting and sucking their teeth, like a pair of plumbers called out to fix the boiler.According to George...
Scunnered of Scotland
THERE'S A USEFUL Scots word for describing the state of Scottish politics this week: 'scunnered'. It means something like stunned, demoralised, bewildered. Everyone here - nationalist, Labour, Liberal Democrat, even Conservative - has in their own way...
Social Care Reform Could Lose Momentum, Charities Warn
Momentum for reforming the adult social care system is waning after the issue was not mentioned in last week's coalition agreement, campaigners have said.Emily Holzhausen, director of policy and public affairs for Carers UK, told Public Finance it was...
Too Much, Too Soon
A DISADVANTAGE OF Britain's old one-party government system was that it led to the odd dotty policy. Wheezes, dreamt up by party spokespeople or research staff, often made it into manifestos. Once there, they took on the status of the Ten Commandments...
Tough at the Top
THE NEW PARLIAMENTARY term Will be marked by reductions in public expenditure and an assessment of the effectiveness of our political institutions. For local government, the two go hand in hand. Greater devolution of total public spending to a locality...
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