Public Finance

Articles from August 2005

Abusive Care Workers Able to Work in Scotland
Seven hundred people barred from working as care staff in England and Wales under the protection of vulnerable adults scheme are still able to work in the sector in Scotland, Public Finance has learnt. They were struck off for offences such as abuse,...
Almost 60,000 Bars Set to Miss Licence Deadline
The new licensing regime has been condemned as a 'shambles' by industry representatives as the government's own estimates suggest that at least 30% of businesses will miss the August 6 deadline.The Federation of Small Businesses warned this week that...
Bending the Rules?
The Treasury continues to reject claims by many independent commentators that it will need to introduce tax raising measures if it is to finance its spending plans without contravening the chancellor's fiscal rules. The latest Treasury calculations,...
Civil Disobedience
Reports this week claimed that the government had dropped plans for a Civil Service Act, Apparently Tony Blair thought that legislation would be 'more trouble than it's worth'.This will not come as much of a surprise to experienced Whitehall watchers....
Council Pledges Aid to Tornado Victims
Birmingham City Council has this week confirmed that it will offer emergency loans to uninsured residents whose properties were damaged by the tornado that tore through the city on July 28.But the authority has rejected calls for it to foot the repairs...
Councils Face Dilemma on Decent Homes Target
Two-thirds of local authorities have had their plans to meet the decent homes target approved by ministers - but almost 10% missed this week's cut-off date for submitting firm proposals.Although most of the 17 councils that failed to send stock option...
EU Directive 'A Threat to Social Care'
Social care services might soon be opened to regulatory competition from across the European Union, if the Department of Trade and Industry gets its way, Public Finance has learnt.A draft EU services directive has created a controversy, as its country...
In Brief
* Everyone in their 60s is to be offered screening for bowel cancer - the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK - in a £37.5m programme. Home testing kits will be sent to around 2 million people, who will send samples back to a laboratory for...
Keeping Politics out of Statistics
It is self-evident that the public needs to be able to trust official statistics as being sufficiently accurate and not perverted for political ends. Without this trust, neither the public nor its elected representatives can hold government to account.Official...
Macpherson Takes the Helm at the Treasury
Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed Nicholas Macpherson as the new permanent secretary to the Treasury, succeeding new Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell.Macpherson had been managing director for the budget and public finance directorate at the...
Minister Refuses to Write off Tax Credit Overpayments
The government has rejected the parliamentary ombudsman's main recommendations for resolving the continuing problems with the tax credits system.Paymaster general Dawn Primarolo has formally responded to Ann Abraham's recommendations and made clear that,...
Outsourcing 'Could Breach EU Rules'
Local authorities are vulnerable to a legal challenge that their outsourced services breach new European Union rules designed to avoid the overpayment of contractors, Public Finance has learnt.The new rules - issued on July 15 - are based on a 2003 European...
PCTs Face Accelerated Timetable of Reform
NHS managers will not know what hit them. Despite government assurances that there would be no significant reorganisation following the general election, NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp has announced major changes to the number of health service...
Power to the Patients
The big shake-up in primary care announced by the Department of Health last week is designed to be a further step towards a patient-led NHS. Unfortunately, it is unlikely to make much difference to most patients.Primary care trusts are an unloved part...
Procurement Czar Calls for Bolder Buying
Local government must step up its efficiency drive by adopting bigger and bolder strategies, the sector's procurement champion Tim Byles has told Public Finance.Byles, chief executive of Norfolk County Council, insisted that much more extensive collaboration...
PSF to Tackle Diversity and Sick Leave
The joint government/trade union body the Public Services Forum has swung into action to set up two panels to assess problematic sickness absence and diversity issues.Cabinet Office sources said the two working groups were endorsed at a PSF meeting,...
Rail Link Finance Is Public Sector Debt, Says ONS
Cash raised by a private consortium to finance the extended Channel Tunnel rail link must be classed as government borrowing, the Office for National Statistics has insisted.But national statisticians have told Public Finance that the switch will not,...
Rise and Fall of the Playing Fields of England
A small rise in the number of playing fields in England is not enough to mask the dramatic loss in facilities that has taken place over the past 13 years, sports campaigners said this week.The National Playing Fields Association said it was appalling'...
Round-Up
The Gershon efficiency drive is proving profitable to shareholders in Capita, the contractor has announced. In the first six months of 2005, the value of Capita's shares grew 19%, the company's interim report stated last week. Its profits also grew by...
Stock Transfer Wins the Day by Seven Votes
Council tenants in east London have voted by just seven votes to transfer their homes to a registered social landlord.Anti-transfer campaigners have demanded an inquiry following the result in the Parkside area of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets,...
Taken for a Rural Ride?
As many of our population flee our towns and cities for the more salubrious corners of the countryside, the time seems right to ask again what is being done to improve the quality of life for the majority of rural residents who depend on good public...
That's No Way to Act
The prime minister has repeatedly stressed his commitment to major reform in the public services. In a speech at St Thomas' Hospital in June last year, he laid it on the line: 'Now is the time to recast the 1945 welfare state, to end entirely the era...
The Good Life
Britain is enjoying an urban renaissance. After years of decline and dereliction, cities from Glasgow to Plymouth are filling up with vibrant new populations. Downtown Manchester is an internationally acclaimed triumph. Newcastle has joined Gateshead...
Union Calls for Action on Senior Pay
Civil servants this week urged the Cabinet Office to take swift action to correct problems with senior salaries that have distorted pay settlements for lower grade staff.The FDA union wants the Cabinet Office to break an effective cap on the salaries...
Waiting in the Wings
When departing Cabinet secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull delivered his passionate valedictory lecture to Whitehall's establishment last week, he lamented the fact that he had bequeathed several 'unresolved issues' to his successor, Sir Gus O'Donnell.Former...
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