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Magazine article Public Finance

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Children's minister Parmjit Dhanda (pictured) has published draft regulations to increase sanctions against sex offenders working in the public sector. Under the proposals, individuals who receive a caution for a sexual offence against children will be placed on List 99 and barred from working in the education sector. The proposal fulfils a government pledge to tighten the existing regime until it is replaced by a new vetting system through Parliament's fledgling Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill.

The Home Office has appointed three new non-executive directors to oversee and scrutinise both its main board and that of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. John Heywood, chief executive officer at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Eastern Europe, will take up a place on the main board and chair the audit committee later this year, after he leaves PWC. Stephen Taylor - chief executive of the Leadership Centre for Local Government and a former civil servant - will sit on the IND board, as will Mike Hawker, a businessman with wide experience in the retail sector.

The Audit Commission has teamed up with the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation to help councils meet their e-payment targets. The most efficient way to collect council tax and business rates has been identified as direct debit, but collection rates vary from 30% to 70%. A steering group made up of representatives from the Audit Commission, the IRRV, Regional Centres of Excellence and BACS Payment Schemes will define best practice standards. …

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