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Articles from September 2010

Back to What Future?
THIS YEAR'S PARTY conferences take place in the most unusual of circumstances. We have the first peace-time coalition government in 80 years. Labour does not, yet, have a leader. And the conferences are happening in the long shadow of the Spending Review...
Big Society Still Failing to Catch on in Whitehall
Senior Liberal Democrats have said that the Big Society concept is struggling to gain currency among civil servants and even some ministers.At a fringe meeting of the party conference on September 21, children's minister Sarah Teather and deputy leader...
Bursaries 'Not Doing Enough to Widen Access to Top Universities'
Means-tested grants are failing to encourage students from poor backgrounds to go to the UK's top universities, prompting calls for them to be replaced if tuition fees rise.A report published on September 23 by the Office for Fair Access found that the...
Buyer Be Aware
COPING WITH CUTBACKS is not just about spending less. With October's Comprehensive Spending Review expected to slice around 25% from council budgets, getting procurement right is essential to provide the biggest possible bang for the dwindling local...
Council Chiefs' Pay 'Correlates to Performance'
The more council chiefs are paid, the better their authority performs, latest research has shown.In a week when a Panorama investigation revealed that many chief executives of local authorities earn more than £200,000, pollsters Ipsos Mori said that...
Cumbrian MP Set to Pioneer Big Society
The chair of the parliamentary group on local democracy has pledged to help mitigate spending cuts by pioneering Big Society-style community projects in his constituency - the most sparsely populated one in England.Conservative MP Rory Stewart told Public...
Elected Police Heads 'Will Cost £101M'
Plans to replace police authorities with directly elected police and crime commissioners came under renewed fire this week after it was claimed that the move would cost £10lm.An independent analysis conducted for the Association of Police Authorities...
Flight of Fancy
It might not have got the pulses racing at the Liberal Democrats conference in Liverpool but it has certainly excited the town hall cognoscenti.Plans to use Tax Increment Financing to revive our big cities have been welcomed by councillors across the...
Home Discomforts
With the austerity cuts beginning to take effect, social housing provider Connaught's difficulties could be viewed as a worrying indication of the risks facing the public sector today.Unison general secretary Dave Prent is argued that Connaught's plight...
Northern Ireland Must Prepare for Cuts, Says Wilson
There must be no 1WrUIgUIg of hands' or 'whingeing' about the spending cuts to come, the Northern Irish finance minister has said.Addressing CIPFA Northern Ireland's annual Conference in Newcasde, County Down, on September 23, Sammy Wilson said the next...
Spend Early to Save on Future Social Problems, MSPs Told
Public bodies in Scotland could deal with social problems more effectively by spending on 'preventative' measures, the Scottish Parliament finance committee has been told.The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - which promotes innovation...
The Big Issue
IN THE REMOTE Cumbrian village of Crosby Ravensworth live David Cameron's ideal citizens. Annie, Joan and David balance their day-to-day lives with the demands of designing an affordable housing scheme, buying their local pub and devising a community...
The Shock of the New
what if this is it?' asked the chief executive of a Northeast metropolitan council. We were discussing the lack of clarity about the potential powers and funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships, but the comment could have applied to many areas of local...
Total Place Budgeting Set for a Starring Role in Spending Review
A decisive shift towards Total Place-style budgeting is widely expected to be included in next month's Comprehensive Spending Review, Public Finance has learned.Remarks made by the chief secretary to the Treasury at the Liberal Democrat conference in...
Town Halls Will Be Able to Borrow to Invest
Councils in England are to be given new borrowing powers to finance growth in towns and cities, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced.In his address to the conference on September 20, Clegg said the government would introduce Tax Increment Financing...
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