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Articles from July 2006

Cornwall Trust Faces Special Measures over Abuse
The Cornwall Partnership NHS trust has been placed under 'special measures' following a watchdog report revealing 'many years of abusive practices' of adults with learning disabilities.The abuse - which the report found included physical violence, 'outdated'...
Deserting in Their Droves
Michael Wills, Swindon North MP and ally of Gordon Brown, claimed in June that at the 2005 national election every single Labour MP on the doorstep reported profound disillusionment and disengagement'. His fear is that such discontent will lose Labour...
Events
September* SEPTEMBER 26CIPl'A course - Children's services: meeting the financial, strategic and operational challengesSpeakers include: Anne Jackson, director of strategy, Department for Education & Skills; Mike O'Donnell, director of finance, London...
Hewitt Reprieves Community Hospitals
Proposals to close community hospitals might be delayed after Health secretary Patricia Hewitt told primary care trusts to adopt new methods of public consultation.Community hospitals are popular with voters and the announcement will be seen as an attempt...
Interim Planning Report 'Not Rooted in the Real World'
The Treasury-commissioned review of planning has not been critical enough of the failures of central government, planners said this week.Commenting on economist Kate Barker's interim report from her review, the Royal Town Planning Institute said there...
Kelly Pledges Shift from 'Top-Down' to 'Trusting'
The tangle of performance indicators and reporting requirements that are throttling local government will be swept away following a wide-ranging review being set up to slash red tape in the sector, Ruth Kelly pledged this weekThe communities and local...
Kicking the Habit
My name is Ruth, and I am a centralist. For nine years I thought it was cool and clever to indulge in micromanagement, partake of excessive targets and overdose on central units. But now I have to learn to let go.'We paraphrase slightly, but it gives...
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 letters'Savings' more spin than realityThe comments...
LGA Spotlights £600M Care Funding Gap
Older people are being 'deprived of the care they deserve' because of the worsening £600m shortfall between what councils have available to fund care services and the minimum they need to spend, the Local Government Association has said.Launching the...
Lost in Transition
At 18, Buki Akande was 'stressed, depressed and confused' and her future uncertain. Her home was a YMCA hostel. For reasons she politely avoids discussing, living at the family home was not an option. In fact, options of any kind were in scarce supply.I...
Make Up or Break Up
For every complex problem, a wise man once said, there is always a simple solution and it is probably wrong.Take the England team's performance in the World Cup. We could all see the problem, but unfortunately there were no simple solutions that were...
Ministers Open Talks on Children's Services
Families with disabled children, professional carers and MPs have joined forces to influence the Treasury's policy review on children and young people.More detail on the review, announced in this year's Budget, emerged this week when ministers confirmed...
New-Look LGPS 'Would Share the Risk'
Local government workers should share the risks faced by their pension funds and be subject to possible contribution rate increases or benefit decreases every six to nine years, the government and council employers have proposed.The proposal is outlined...
News: In Brief
* The Public Accounts Committee has attacked the Department of Health's National Patient Safety Agency, describing its contribution as 'extremely weak'. PAC chair Edward Leigh said: The NHS has simply no idea how many people the each year from patient...
Private Firm Applies to Become RSL
A property company that manages homes for local authorities has become the first private firm to apply to the Housing Corporation to be an accredited landlord.Pinnacle PSG hopes to gain its accreditation in time to manage some of the homes built by private...
Public Sector Recruitment Growth Rate Slows
The number of public sector staff, including civil servants, has continued to rise this year, but the rate of growth has slowed as the impact of 84,000 planned job cuts takes hold.Figures published by the Office for National Statistics on June 30 show...
Readers Give Public Finance the Thumbs-Up
Public Finance has significantly improved as a publication over the past three years and has been given high satisfaction ratings in an extensive reader survey.The survey, undertaken for PF by independent market research company Marketworld Partnership,...
Red Light for Green Goals
One of the key challenges set out in Sir Michael Lyons' interim report is for local government to act as 'place-shapers' - reflecting the distinctive identity of people in an area and safeguarding their wellbeing and prosperity.Whether the uniform business...
Rent Equipment and Save NHS £690M, Says Report
The NHS across the UK could save around £690m a year - more than last year's reported net deficit for England - if it rented expensive medical equipment such as scanners rather than buying it outright, a report by financial services consultancy Siemens...
Round-Up
A National Policing Board is to be created to drive improvements and strengthen the governance of policing in England and Wales, Home secretary John Reid announced on July 3. Supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of...
Scots 'Would Lose' with Fiscal Autonomy
Scotland would lose many of the benefits of economic and financial integration with the rest of the UK if the Holyrood Parliament had powers to raise and spend its own taxes, the authors of a report for an influential think-tank have warned.In an analysis...
Scottish Executive to Review Scrutiny Bodies
The Scottish Executive is to freeze the appointment of scrutiny bodies and czars, Finance Minister Tom McCabe announced last weekHe told the Scottish Parliament's finance committee that a review of regulation and scrutiny would look objectively at the...
Studies Call for More Transparency
Whitehall spending should be made more transparent and scrutinised more rigorously, two reports by influential parliamentary bodies have claimed.Studies by the Hansard Society and the Commons' Public Accounts Committee have put Whitehall spending activities...
Welfare Reforms Aim to Save £7Bn
Ministers expect to save £7bn from the overhaul of welfare systems announced this week - cash that they believe could be reinvested directly back into services.Welfare reform minister Jim Murphy said that the DWP estimates the saving from getting people...
What Goals, Which Referee?
In 1970, a World Cup football clash between Honduras and El Salvador led to a war. In 2006, history repeated itself as farce, as a war of words between Scotland and England left a bitter aftermath to England's quarter-final defeat. Some believe it could...
Word on the Street
Four ministers and the PM himself - it was an impressive turnout for a single event by anyone's standards. The government was out in force at last month's 'three sector summit', determined to show its commitment to getting the voluntary sector fully...
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