Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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* A petition of 4 million signatures calling for the protection of rural post offices has been handed in to Downing Street by the National Federation of Sub-postmasters. Opposition leader David Cameron called on Tony Blair to halt the abolition of post office cards by which benefits are accessed.

* The number of applications accepted on to UK university courses has fallen as top-up fees kick in, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service confirmed. The statistics show 389,505 applicants were accepted on full-time courses starting in 2006, compared with 404,668 in 2005.

* Plans to create a 'super-inspectorate' by merging the five watchdogs involved in the criminal justice system have been abandoned after protests in the Lords. The government has agreed instead to introduce powers to support enhanced joint working. …

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