Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

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A government target of building 3 million new homes by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved because of the dramatic slowdown in the industry during the past two years, said a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study. The report, published on November 17, said the house building industry is unlikely to recover in time to meet the government's target of building 240,000 homes per year in England by 2016. 'It is unlikely that RSLs can continue their building rate when there is less scope to secure contributions through planning gains,' adds Housing and neighbourhoods monitor, which was based on research by three universities.

The Speed at which patients are treated by their local accident and emergency department varies widely across the country, according to a report by the NHS Information Centre. Figures from 2007-08 show that threequarters of patients in A&E are seen and treated or admitted to hospital within three hours. However, there is a wide variation from 0% to 15% in the numbers of patients dealt with in the last ten minutes before the government's four-hour deadline. NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said there were variations in 'the speed of care and the destination of patients when they leave A&E'. …

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