Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

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Fire authorities have recommended the government scraps a delayed £380m call centre scheme, saying it was 'no longer feasible' due to the squeeze on public spending. The Firecontrol project, which aimed to establish regional control centres for 999 calls to fire services was first mooted in 2004. Parts of the scheme, which will not be fully operational until late 2012, are now two years behind schedule. On September 18, the Local Government Association's fire services management committee voted to oppose the centres. Committee chair Brian Coleman said the project was 'fast becoming a white elephant'.

The Scottish Government has introduced new procedures on conflictof-interest issues affecting civil servants. The changes follow demands by the Scottish Parliament's public audit committee, which had voiced concern over a case involving the finance director of the Transport Scotland agency. Permanent secretary John Elvidge apologised on September 23 after complaints by the committee that, during an inquiry into the case, he had unintentionally given some evidence that was inaccurate and totally unacceptable',

Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan has said failing public service projects will be cut in a bid to manage reduced public spending. …

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