Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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*The Foreign Office spent £17.5m on private school fees in 2004/05 for the children of UK-based staff, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in a parliamentary answer. Straw said the cash was spent to meet the 'potentially conflicting obligations' of parents who might have to serve abroad at short notice.

*Retirement villages are proving popular with older people as places to live, according to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. They were also found to be good for local communities, helping to deliver health and community services more efficiently.

*The650-bed Royal United Hospital in Bath is the latest NHS trust to announce job cuts as it seeks savings of £13.2m.The hospital, which employs 3,500 staff, is to lose 300 posts and plans to cut costs by discharging patients 'as soon as clinically possible'.

* A Prison Reform Trust study has said jail overcrowding could spiral 'out of control' in the summer. …

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