Public Finance

Articles from January 2006

Almos Call on Ministers to Make Borrowing Decision
Council-owned housing companies are urging ministers to hurry up and decide whether they should be given new borrowing powers.They are still waiting for the results of an Office of the Deputy Prime Minister review into arm'slength management organisations...
Class Struggle
Almost ten years on from Tony Blair's rallying cry of 'education, education, education', and there still seems an awful lot left to do.This week's damning report from the National Audit Office must have been a depressing read for the prime minister....
Councils Defend Their Role in Education
The revelation this week that more than 1 million pupils are being taught in poorly performing schools has underlined the need for robust local authority involvement, according to town hall leaders.The National Audit Office delivered a sobering judgement...
Councils Forced to Set Up Academies, Claims ATL
The Department for Education and Skills is putting 'unreasonable pressure' on councils in an effort to push through the controversial academy schools programme, a teaching union claims.The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there was 'incontrovertible'...
CSA Woes Continue with Missed Targets and Rising Complaints
Officials at the Child Support Agency received a morale-sapping double blow this week when it emerged that the number of complaints about the CSA has risen substantially, while performance targets continue to be missed.James Plaskitt, the minister responsible...
Events
January* JANUARY 23-24University of Warwick Local Authorities Research Consortium and Health Service Partnership annual conferenceSpeakers include: Mark Britnell, chief executive, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Stephen Bubb, chief...
FE College Finance Database Is Welcomed by Managers
Finance managers working in further education have welcomed the publication of a database that, for the first time, allows them to benchmark their college's financial performance against others in the sector.The database, collated and analysed by the...
Fire Service Held Back by Poor Performance Checks
Inadequate performance management systems and a lack of leadership from elected members are hobbling attempts to modernise the fire service, the Audit Commission has warned.The watchdog said there were widespread shortcomings among the 47 English fire...
GPs Deal Could Save Primary Care Trusts £300M Next Year
Primary care trusts could save £300m next year following a review of GPs' general medical services contract.The agreement between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association will ensure GP practices receive no increase for inflation or cost of...
Housing Fund Change Angers Northern Councils
Local authorities in the North of England have reacted angrily following a government retreat over the way money is allocated for council housing.Councils in the North expected a major reallocation of housing management and maintenance allowances to...
LAAs Lead the Way to White Paper
The trail being blazed by Local Area Agreements will be crucial to the contents of the forthcoming white paper on councils, the local government minister revealed this week.'What is happening in Local Area Agreements will be one of the most important...
Money for Old Hope
The recent announcement by the government of the funding it is giving to local authorities next year is very bad news for social care services in particular and for disabled and older people.The increase for adult social care services is only 3%, despite...
New Pay Body Is 'Too Close to Treasury'
Experts have criticised the creation of the new public sector pay committee for bringing civil service pay deals closer to the Treasury's paymasters.Treasury and Cabinet Office sources this week told Public Finance that the PSPC - announced by Chancellor...
News: In Brief
* More than 9,000 people were arrested in England and Wales for drink-driving over the Christmas and New Year period. Drivers found to be over the limit after an accident fell slightly, from 8.750/0 last year to 8.6%. It is the first time the total number...
OGC Sets Sights on Construction Cost-Cutting
The Office of Government Commerce has responded to a challenge laid down by the National Audit Office and set up a body targeting billions of pounds of savings across public construction projects.The Public sector Construction Clients' Forum - chaired...
PCT Reforms Were 'Mishandled'
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has admitted that her department 'mishandled' its instruction to strategic health authorities last year, telling them rapidly to reorganise the provision and management of primary care.Her admission came at the NHS Confederation...
Regenerated City Centres 'Ill-Suited to Families'
The government's ambition to create sustainable, mixed communities in city centres is flawed, a new study claims.The report, City people, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, finds that the people moving into regenerated city centres over the...
Round-Up
A legal dispute between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and Sir Robert McAlpine Construction Management over the building of the Scottish Parliament has been settled out of court. The dispute, which was brought by McAlpine and centred on alleged...
Scottish Transport Agency Given £3Bn to Invest
Scotland's new national transport agency will be responsible for a £3bn programme of investment including new rail and road links, Transport Minister lavish Scott announced this week.Giving details of the role of Transport Scotland, which officially...
Scottish Water Cuts Costs and Invests More
Scottish Water is on course to reduce operating costs by more than a third over a four-year period, its interim accounts revealed this week.Figures for the first six months of the 2005/06 financial year show that the publicly owned utility operated the...
Taking the Strain
In the dog days of the Christmas and New Year break, journalists scrabbling for a story suddenly hit upon transport issues. First was the fact that Labour had failed to deliver on most of the promises in the tenyear Transport Plan published in 2000....
The Kindest Cut?
The coming year will unleash a series of vital debates on the future role of local government. Neighbourhoods and city regions; joined-up government through Local Area Agreements (LAAs) and centrally driven performance regimes; and council reorganisation,...
True Team Player
Talk to local government minister Phil Woolas for just a few seconds and he will reveal one of the things most dear to his heart - Manchester United. Unprompted, he will talk of his antipathy towards the club's new owners, make predictions about upcoming...
Unfair Shares for All
Public service reform looks increasingly like a battleground that will be much revisited during Tony Blair's twilight years. The new year dawns with the promise of a protracted struggle over the future of schools, a continuing NHS financial crisis' and...
Unions Query Tory Schools Pledge
Teaching unions have reacted with scepticism to Conservative leader David Cameron's pledge that there would be no return to the 11-plus if his party won power.Senior representatives of the profession immediately cast doubt on Cameron's promise, made...
Wanted: Respect for the Facts
I have the dubious honour of being the first journalist to be told of the current 'respect' initiative. Travelling with the prime minister during the closing stages of the last election, I asked him what had struck him most after three weeks touring...
Who Pays for 'Respect' Initiative, Asks LGA
The Local Government Association has warned ministers of 'potentially substantial' hidden costs of proposals to combat antisocial behaviour, outlined in the prime minister s 'respect' action plan this week.Council finance experts expressed immediate...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.