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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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Opinions are being sought on a new framework for childcare, designed to boost the quality of care for all children. It will also help childcare staff deliver well planned play-based activities tailored to individual children's needs and helping them to develop and learn. Launching the 12-week consultation, children's minister Beverley Hughes said: 'If more children are to achieve their full potential, then it is crucial that early years provision is provided in a safe, nurturing environment, which offers the opportunity for all young children to have fun and develop.'

Seven trade unions have joined forces to ballot Ministry of Defence staff over potential industrial action in opposition to privatisation and job cuts. The Public and Commercial Services union balloted its members on May 8. The FDA, Prospect, GMB, Amicus, TGWU and Ucatt unions are also balloting MoD staff. The votes, however, are indicative and would not commit the unions to industrial action at a department that has largely been free from strikes in recent years. The MoD is seeking to axe 14,000 posts and to privatise large swathes of its training programmes.

Welsh secretary Peter HaIn has apologised to voters in Blaenau Gwent over the all-women shortlist that inspired a huge revolt against Labour in the constituency. Peter Law, who died three weeks ago, resigned from the party over the list and was elected to Parliament as an independent, overturning a huge Labour majority. Main admitted to 'getting it wrong' as the party prepares for parliamentary and Welsh Assembly by-elections in the seat. …

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