Public Finance

Articles from April 2006

Cabinet Office Plan to Woo Public Sector Staff
Ministers, local government employers and trade unions are set to launch a groundbreaking project with the aim of involving public sector staff in the government's reform programme.Public Finance has learnt that the Public Services Forum, the government-trade...
Call for More Asset-Based Welfare
Ministers should explore new ways of using individuals' assets, such as housing and other inheritances, to help fund future welfare reforms, a leading thinktank has claimed.The Centre for Asset-Based Welfare, part of the Institute for Public Policy Research,...
Government Points to End of Small GP Surgeries
Small GP surgeries have had their day and should be replaced by large enterprises, 'super surgeries' and community hospitals, a government minister and special adviser have argued.Speaking at an NHS Confederation Conference on the future of primary care...
Health Authorities Face Fines for Deficits
NHS organisations reporting deficits in their final accounts for 2005/06 will be penalised by a sum equivalent to 110% of their overspend, Public Finance has learnt.The NHS is forecasting a gross deficit of £816m. If that proves accurate, NHS bodies...
Hitting the Jackpot?
Stick or twist? For the 68 councils bidding for a slice of regeneration funding that once seemed beyond their wildest dreams, the answer is clear - no matter how questionable the source of the finance. With hundreds of millions of pounds at stake, town...
Housing Finance Faces Cracks in Its Foundations
It is almost a year since the Audit Commission warned that the housing finance system is, if not cracking up, certainly creaking.Nobody expected the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to change the 18-year-old system overnight, but, as discontent grows...
Last-Chance Saloon
England's local election campaign entered a surreal phase this week as Labour held a press conference with a chameleon making a guest appearance while the Conservatives handed out silver birch saplings to their assembled hacks.It was all somewhat embarrassing...
Making the Grade
Further education is frequently described as the Cinderella of the education system. But the normally forgotten sister is now having attention showered on her.Earlier this year, Prime Minister Tony Blair described adult skills improvement and further...
Minister Attacks 'Negativity' in Elderly Care
The government has given the NHS and social care services five years to stamp out a pervasive 'negative culture of attitudes to older people' which often results in poor-quality care and neglect. But areas hit by deficits might have a longer wait, a...
Mothers' Education Affects Children's, Says IFS
A US study into the educational attainment of mothers and their children could have 'important implications' for UK schools policy, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.The IFS published research on April 18 that identifies a strong link between...
News: In Brief
* Home Secretary Charles Clarke said spending on compensation paid to those wrongly convicted of crimes in England and Wales is to be cut by £5m a year. Awards will be limited to £500,000 to match the maximum paid to victims, but campaigners say this...
Parties of All Colours Go Green in Campaign for Local Elections
The environment dominated the local elections campaign this week as the political parties vied to demonstrate their green credentials in the run-up to polling day on May 4.Conservative Party leader David Cameron, launching the final phase of the campaign...
Protect and Survive
By all accounts, Keith Hudson is good at his job. After qualifying as a teacher in 1973, he worked in the independent sector, moving from school to school. Four years ago, he was working in East Sussex as a private tutor; in August 2002 one of his pupils,...
Robbing the Poor
Businesspeople don't like high taxes. Bankers urge financial prudence. So what happens to them when they give up the day job?This question is prompted by two recent reports, one on pensions by Lord Turner, the former head of the Confederation of British...
Round-Up
Passengers flying through Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports rose to a record 20.3 million last year, according to statistics from BAA Scotland. All three airports showed an increase, with Aberdeen posting the biggest rise of 9.5% to 2.95 million...
School Heads Decry Guidance on Intervention
School leaders have described revised government guidance on local authority intervention In poorly performing schools as 'extremely worrying'.The guidance helps local authorities take decisive action to tackle and prevent school failure, Issuing formal...
Scottish Deprivation Policies 'Need a Shake-Up'
An influential parliamentary committee has recommended a radical shake-up in the method of tackling deprivation in Scotland.Proposed changes include a single national fund to replace the various financing streams that exist at present.According to the...
SHA Reforms Throw NHS 'Into Greater Turmoil', Argue Critics
Critics have described the government s reorganisation of English strategic health authorities as 'the right policy at the wrong time'.The reorganisation brings the number of SHAs down from 28 to ten with effect from July 1. The move stems from last...
Smaller RSLs Prove More Cost-Effective
Smaller landlords have again emerged as the most cost effective in the Housing Corporation's latest tables comparing the financial performance of housing associations.The tables, published on April 19, are a third attempt to show the operating costs...
Violent Crime Costs £6.6Bn a Year
Violent crime costs the economy around £6.6bn per year, including £2.4bn to treat victims on the NHS, according to a study published on April 18.The Institute for Public Policy Research also found that poor and unemployed people were twice as likely...
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