Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

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Ireland S finance minister, Brian Lenihan, has introduced a budget seeking to save euro4bn, with the bulk corning from spending cuts rather than extra taxation. The measures, proposed on December 9, included eurolbn in cuts to public service pay, ranging from 5% for the lowest paid to 15% for the most senior staff. Cuts in Jobseekers' Allowance and Child Benefit were also proposed, as well as reductions in disability benefit and carers' allowances. Lenihan said it was 'the last of the very difficult budgets'. The Irish economy was well placed to recover, he claimed.

Social Care services in Wales have shown consistent improvement over the past ten years, but this could turn to decline as the sector faces new problems. In its annual report for 2008/09, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales said if services continued with the 'same approach leading to slow, steady improvement, the changed environment is likely to mean that at best, services stand still or, at worst, start to decline'. Chief inspector lmelda Richardson said: 'The challenge for all public bodies is to deliver quality services that provide value for money within a context of increasing demand and rising expectations. …

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