Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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* The Public Accounts Committee has attacked the Department of Health's National Patient Safety Agency, describing its contribution as 'extremely weak'. PAC chair Edward Leigh said: The NHS has simply no idea how many people the each year from patient safety incidents.'

* The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said that extra funds are needed if the government's aim of halving child poverty by 2010 is to be met. The charity said: 'Increasing payments to poor families could achieve the 2010 target, at a cost of £4bn-£5bn a year above planned spending levels.'

* Work began this week on a £7.5m government-funded project at Wallasea Island, Essex, to create Britain's largest marine wetland. It aims to replace bird habitats lost to development, improve flood defences, and create leisure opportunities.

* Former Labour minister Baroness Hayman is to be the first Speaker of the House of Lords, replacing Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer as the presiding officer of the upper House. …

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