Public Finance

Articles from May 2008

Audit Commission Revises Use of Resources Following Consultation
The Audit Commission has said it will take a more 'proportionate' approach to 'use of resources' inspections after listening to consultation feedback.Publishing its revised plans on May 19, the inspectorate said K was taking a more risk-based and streamlined...
Blears Rejects Fixed Terms for Councillors
Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears is likely to dismiss a recommendation that councillors serve only a set number of terms when she responds to proposals later this year.The final report of the Councillors' Commission, issued in December 2007, called...
Carbon Trust Must Do a Lot More, Say MPs
Senior MPs have urged the Carbon Trust to do more to cut carbon dioxide emissions, in a report published on May 20.The trust was set up by the government to help businesses and public sector organisations reduce their emissions. It is on track to meet...
Councils Call for More Housing Powers to Stop Waiting List Soaring to 2 Million
Council house waiting lists could soar to more than 2 million households unless local authorities take a lead in tackling the housing crisis, ministers are being warned.The figure could hit 2 million (equivalent to 5 million people) within two years,...
Events
June* JUNE 4Shared services in the public sector national conference and exhibition: Chair: Dan Jellinek, eEditor, e-government bulletinSpeakers include: Jo Clift, head of shared services, Cabinet Office; Victor Newman, visiting professor in knowledge...
Fears for Tiers
Five county councils will become unitary authorities in April 2009, and two other counties will each be divided into two unitaries. These changes have been almost ignored in the national media, despite the process employed. For the government acted outside...
Finding the Right Medicine
Last week, we watched our latest tradition - the draft Queen's Speech. The Conservatives claimed that many of the ideas were their own, while others thought that Tony Blair's reform agenda was alive and well. Whatever the reality, there is broad consensus...
Fraud-Busting Scheme to Expand
A public sector anti-fraud initiative that has detected millions of pounds in benefits overpayments and some 'blatant and shocking' fraud is to be expanded to Whitehall departments this year.The Audit Commission's report on the English National Fraud...
Government 'Should Boost Take-Up of Tax Credits'
More should be done to encourage take-up of tax credits, MPs were told as they began an inquiry into the impact of the Budget on low-income households.Citizens Advice said it was concerned about the low take-up of Working Tax Credit for households without...
Healey Signals Stronger Role for LAAs
John Healey has signalled a possible major expansion in the role of Local Area Agreements, suggesting they might become the principal mechanism through which central government commissions local services.The local government minister indicated that the...
Letters
Dodgy data on contact centresSir David Varney's contrast between 19 minutes per hour on the phone in average public sector contact centres and 47 minutes in the 'best' parts of the private sector is the most uninformative piece of management information...
Listen and Learn
If Hazel Blears has her way, Utopia is just around the corner. Apathy will be banished, every citizen will be an active citizen and people will work together for the greater good.It's a noble goal, and the communities secretary certainly talks a good...
Lyons Laments
When Sir Michael Lyons delivered his long-awaited report on the future of local government, it was the culmination of an inquiry that had taken almost three years.Commissioned by Gordon Brown in 2004 during his tenure as chancellor, it came against a...
Never Say Never
Gordon Brown could still be prime minister in 2011 - really. Here are a few reasons why.Recent poor polls, some bad by-elections and lousy local election results for the Labour Party mark a return to the normal pattern of post-war politics, from which...
NHS Reforms Need 'Fine-Tuning', Says Health Charity
The English NHS should adopt a national programme to improve quality and build on the reforms of the past ten years, according to the Nuffield TrustA report by the health policy charity on the effect of Labour's health reforms since it came to power...
Northern Ireland Locked in Schools Stalemate
'A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.' That was Winston Churchill's description of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It could equally well describe Northern Ireland's post-primary education policy. An alternative choice of words might...
Ofsted Proposals Anger Schools
Ofsted's proposals to overhaul the school inspection regime have met a storm of criticism from schools and teachers' leaders.A consultation launched by the education and children's care inspectorate on May 19 suggested more frequent monitoring visits...
Population Statistics Are Not Fit for Purpose, Say MPs
The way population estimates are compiled should be radically overhauled as the current systems are unreliable and potentially inaccurate, according to a committee of MPs.A Treasury subcommittee report, Counting the population, published on May 23, says...
Private Firms Might Educate the Excluded
Private and voluntary sector organisations will be encouraged to take charge of the education of some of the country's most troubled and challenging young people, under plans announced by the government this week.The white paper on alternative provision...
Public Sector Unions Prepare for Pay Showdown
The government is facing the threat of renewed strikes over pay across the public sector as unions gear up for a summer of discontent.Unions declared their readiness to take on the government over its public sector pay limit at a series of conferences,...
Round-Up
* Children's minister Beverley Hughes has announced a £35m pilot scheme to improve access to childcare for parents with disabled children. Part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families' Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, the £35m...
Running out of Steam?
The Department of Health approved the development of three more independent sector treatment centres last month, at an estimated total cost of ?50m.Care UK, which currently runs five treatment centres in the south of England and bought out another provider,...
Scots Elections 'Should Still Be Run by London'
The Scottish elections should continue to be run by Westminster rather than the Scottish government, a committee of MPs has concluded.In a hard-hitting report following an investigation into the election fiasco last year, which led to 180,000 ballot...
Whose Wellbeing Is It?
The two rulings in the London Authorities' Mutual Ltd case have major implications, not just for the parties concerned but for the government's shared services programme (Risk Management Partners Ltd v Brent London Borough Council and others).In this...
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