Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* The government has offered new concessions to backbench rebels in an effort to speed its Education Bill through Parliament It agreed that more than 140 local education authorities will be allowed to compete to set up and run community schools.

* A 50-year-old woman was being questioned on April 26 by police monitoring potential election fraud. The police recovered a large number of postal voting forms at an address in Birmingham and the woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the local election process.

* Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced new targets to assess five-year-old school children in England. In a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research in London on April 26 she said an extra 30,000 children must reach 'a good level of development' every year, but ruled out formal tests.

* Professor Carol Black, president of the Royal College of Physicians, has been named as the government's first national director for health and work. …

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