Public Finance

Articles from May 2009

Colleges Count the Cost of a Job Half Done
When Labour decided to pull apart the funding system for post- 16 education created less than ten years ago, it might have hoped that its rejected quango -the Learning and Skills Council -would disappear without too much fuss.But instead of ensuring...
DCSF Admits Shortage of School Places
The Department for Children, Schools and Families has acknowledged the critical shortage of primary school places, saying officials are looking at ways of remedying the situation.Councils in urban areas across England have been appealing for more funding...
Events
MayMAY 18-20National Association of Pension Funds local authority conferenceSpeakers include: John Healey, local government minister; Terry Crossley, head of local government pensions, Department for Communities and Local Government; Terry Edwards, head...
Lessons from Iceland
The collapse of the Icelandic banks in the autumn put local authority treasury management under the spotlight. In response, CIPFA has issued a Treasury management bulletin that outlines proposals for change and asks for comments. In due course, the institute...
LSC Uses Consultants to Save College Building Scheme
A cash-strapped government quango is poised to pay private consultants more than £400,000 to rescue part of its beleaguered college rebuilding programme.The Learning and Skills Council, which is due to be abolished in less than 12 months, will employ...
Ministers Back Mental Health Prison Reforms
The government has endorsed a report urging comprehensive reforms to the way people with mental health problems and learning difficulties are dealt with in the criminal justice system.The report by Lord Bradley recommends the establishment of local criminal...
MPs Cast Doubt on 'Optimistic' Budget and Warn of Pain Ahead
A powerful committee of MPs has warned that 'unprecedented' cuts in public services and substantial tax increases might be needed to claw Britain back from its worst fiscal position since the Second World War.The Treasury select committee said it was...
MPs Could Force Rethink on Royal Mail
The government will be forced to change its position on the privatisation of Royal Mail, the author of a report at the centre of a Labour Party row has predicted.The controversial part-privatisation plans are outlined in the Postal Services Bill, now...
Multimillion-Pound Waste Scheme Might Bypass PFI
Two councils could bypass the Private Finance Initiative to build a multimillion-pound waste treatment facility after PFI schemes elsewhere have been bogged down by financing problems.The possibility of an alternative procurement model being used for...
Reap What We Sow
Schools closed, patients confined, face masks dished out, antivirals prescribed and the chief medical officer on primetime television. My daughter wakes up convinced that she has swine flu as it spreads to north London. Do I attribute this to hypochondria,...
Rising from the Ashes
The most significant Budget in a generation is behind us. The broad narrative - future opportunity and investment in recovery - failed to deflect attention from the broader gloom. Labour market figures released almost simultaneously with the announcement...
Round-Up
* A National Audtt Office report on the green impacts of government procurement has commended Whitehall departments for producing more environmentally sustainable services. The NAO report, published on April 29, reviewed actions taken by the Office of...
Safety First
Regulators are in a strange place right now. With all parties engaged in a Dutch auction over the future size of the public sector, quangos are easy targets for spending cuts.Inspection and regulation watchdogs have already been downsized, merged and...
Scots Restrict Right to Buy Scheme
The right to buy scheme is to be abolished for tenants of new-build social homes in Scotland, Health and Wellbeing Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has announced.Giving details of a draft housing Bill consultation paper, Sturgeon said the measures were aimed...
Scottish Council Buildings in 'Bad State'
More than a quarter of local authority buildings in Scotland are in poor or bad condition, a watchdog survey has shown.According to the Accounts Commission, which oversees local government spending, there is a property maintenance backlog of at least...
Social Work Recruitment Drive Launched
The government has announced a £58m drive to stem the crisis in the recruitment and retention of social workers in the wake of the Baby P case.The measures form part of the governments detailed response to Lord Laming s March report on child protection....
Sticking to the Day Job
The UK's new health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, represents a world first in its size and scope. The CQC, which became fully operational on April 1, was formed from the merger of the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health...
Sweeping Changes
Not so long ago, public bodies and private companies involved in service provision often indulged in lazy stereotyping of each other to explain problems. Executives of private firms would moan: 'If only the public sector could procure better we would...
Swine Flu Leaflets Waste of Money, Says Taxpayers' Alliance
The Taxpayers' Alliance has criticised government spending on measures to combat swine flu.Figures from the Department of Health put the cost of the government's public information campaign to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus at £7m. This includes...
Those Who Can, Build
Building Schools for the Future - the government's ambitious programme to rebuild or refurbish every English secondary school by 2020 - has always been in the spotlight Interest in the programme increased with the publication of the National Audit Office...
Watchdog Backs Down on 'Negligent' Tag
The Audit Commission has been forced to back down after naming Havering and Kent councils as 'negligent' in a report on local authority investments in Iceland.The watchdog branded seven authorities negligent in its March 26 report, Risk and return, because...
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.