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Articles from January 2007

Bring Us on Board
Management expert Peter Drucker defined efficiency as 'doing better what is already being done', but public sector managers are not convinced that this accurately describes the government's efficiency programme.It is only right that ministers should...
Brown Plays a Hidden Hand
Remember Christmas? No, not last week's (I hope you had a good one) but the ones when you were a child: an exciting pile of lumpy presents, piled round the tree, while you guessed at their likely content.Looking forward to Gordon Brown's premiership...
Brown to Meet PCS in Last-Ditch Effort to Stop Strikes
Chancellor Gordon Brown will host eleventh-hour discussions aimed at preventing a national strike by civil servants later this month, Public Finance has learnt.Brown is set to attend talks with the Public and Commercial Services union, which this week...
Data Doubts Leave Social Care in the Cold
Happy New Year. If you are an adult with a disability you now have two years left to receive preventative social care that could stop your condition deteriorating further, the Local Government Association has claimed.If trends continue, funding shortfalls...
DoH to Contest Free Market Proposal in Health Care
The Department of Health is to challenge a European Commission proposal to establish a free market in health care across the European Union, Public Finance has learnt.The commission's intentions are outlined in the document Consultation regarding Community...
Events
Most of these activities can count towards CIPFA's Continuing Professional Development scheme. For further information, contact Eileen Cummins, CIPFA CPD manager, on 020 7543 5668January* JANUARY 11Partnerships UK operational taskforce seminar - Guidance...
Getting Better All the Time
If there's one thing that councils can agree on these days, it's that there are too many central initiatives and targets. But left to their own devices, is there a consistent view on the issues involved in local authority improvement? According to research...
Honours 'Focus on Frontline Workers'
The New Year's Honours list once again brought reward and recognition for the hard work of public sector workers at both senior and frontline level.The Cabinet Office emphasised that the list reflected the government's commitment to honouring those working...
Letters
You can e-mail your letters to letterstoeditor@publicfinance.co.uk or fax them to: 020 7543 5793. Please include your name and address and a daytime phone number. The editor reserves the right to edit lettersRoad pricing is not the answerThe only doubt...
New Year Revolution
This week, across the nation, thousands if not millions of employees returned to work with a heavy heart. They've enjoyed their Christmas parties, suffered their New Year hangovers and come back with one definite resolution: get me out of this place.January...
NHS Trusts with Total £186M Deficit Could Get Extra Funds
Seventeen indebted NHS trusts whose income was capped under the transition to payment by results are now eligible for additional financial support in 2OO7/08, the Department of Health has said.The trusts reported a combined deficit of more than E186m...
People
Mark Wilkinson has taken up the post of chief executive at Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust. His previous position was director of finance at Hyndbury and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust.Angle Ridgwell is the new chief executive of Thurrock Borough...
Reporting for Duty
Rarely can a year have ended with as many major official reviews and reports as 2006. One after another, major analyses of policies, institutions and finance disgorged from the centre of government. Many of the more important ones were initiated by the...
School Segregation Not Decreasing, LSE Study Finds
The best-rated secondary schools are still recruiting too many of the most able pupils In spite of government efforts to narrow the gap, research for the Department for Education and Skills has found.Researchers from the London School of Economics, In...
Scots Executive Criticised over Finance Targets
A leading finance adviser has criticised the Scottish Executive for its failure to draw up strategic targets as part of its budget plans.In a report to the Scottish Parliament's finance committee, Professor Arthur Midwinter was particularly critical...
Skills Report Missed the Real Problems, Tories Claim
The Treasury-commissioned skills report is not radical enough in the solutions it offers to halt the crisis facing Britain, the Conservatives are warning.An interim report this week from the party's policy review criticised Lord Leitch's long-awaited...
Staying Alive
For once, John Prescott summed up the mood of the nation. Facing a grilling on the Today programme on the first working day after the New Year break, the deputy prime minister took his famed grumpiness to new heights.While his boss sunned himself in...
Waiting Lists Grow as PCTs Try to Cut Deficits
Patients in some parts of England face longer waits for routine surgery as primary care trusts claw back deficits in the final three months of the financial year.The news that some PCTs have introduced minimum waiting times for elective surgery will...
We Can Work It Out
Last autumn. IT services company Accenture pulled out of the National Programme for IT in the NHS. Its decision to terminate a £2bn patient and GP systems contract followed a 67% drop in its profits after losses incurred on the deal.Disputes over large-scale...
We've Met Our Promises, McConnell Claims
The Scottish Executive is on track to achieve 97% of the pledges it made when a partnership agreement was drawn up between Labour and the Liberal Democrats, First Minister Jack McConnell has claimed.He said this meant that 437 of the 450 policy proposals...
Whitehall 'Rewards Failure', Says IPPR
Hardworking and 'heroic' civil servants are being let down by a Whitehall culture that rewards failure and ignores successful individuals, a report by a leading think-tank has claimed.Following a series of damning reports on central government departments'...
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