Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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* 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 ignores the impact of wrongful convictions.

* Three West Midlands hospitals run by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust are the latest to suffer from the deficit crisis, with 800 jobs due to be axed to save up to £20m. The redundancies include 252 nurses and 40 doctors.

* Dundee City Council says that a £165m investment in major planning projects is reaping economic benefits. Council development chief Rod Wallace said: The investment in the city covers housing, health care, the retail and academic sectors.'

* The government is planning to introduce two-year honours degrees at English universities to save money. …

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