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Magazine article Public Finance

Five Stories You Might Have This Week

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NI's Wilson moves from environment to finance

As part of a reshuffle in Northern Ireland, one of the Assembly's most controversial politicians is to become its finance minister.

Environment Minister Sammy Wilson, who outraged environmentalists by denying there was a link between climate change and human activities, takes up the post over the summer.

Outgoing Finance Minister Nigel Dodds will step down to concentrate on his role as a Westminster MP, as part of a previously announced plan to end so called 'doublej'obbing'.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: 'I indicated at the time of my appointment as first minister that I would make changes to the ministerial team during the summer of 2009.'

Audit Commission to double trainee intake

The Audit Commission is to take on twice as many new graduates as last year as an investment in the future, WhHemany private sector firms are cutting trainee numbers.

"The public sector financial watchdog will be recruiting for its 2011 intake this summer, and says 90 jobs will be available, up from 45 a year ago. The commission describes the accountancy trainees, who will work towards the CIPFA qualification, as the 'lifeblood' of its workforce.

Chief executive Steve Bundred said: 'We're investing in young people as our future audit workforce. The Audit Commission wants to train a new, young generation of auditors across England who are committed to delivering world-class public audit.'

Experience would be gained 'in a time of significant financial challenge, which has put public sector financial management under the microscope and on the front pages like never before', Bundred added.

Welsh women won't keep mum over maternity services

Maternity services across Wales show unacceptable variations, the Wales Audit Office has found. The spending watchdog said a significant minority of women did not feel they were treated with dignity and respect and were least satisfied with postnatal care. …

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