Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News in Brief

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Public sector organisations will be expected to accept bids from employees who want to turn services they provide into mutuais, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced on November 17. The government is to roll out a new 'Right to Provide' across the public sector, which will put an onus on public bodies to accept su itable proposals from frontline staff who want to take over services.

All schools have been given the right to become academies. Those rated 'good with outstanding features' will be able to apply directly and others will be eligible if they team up with a high-performing school. Education Secretary Michael Gove said: 'The best way of improving schools is by getting the professionals... to spread their wings.' But the National Union of Teachers said the academies programme was in total disarray'.

Town halls have welcomed plans to allow them to set their own planning fees. In a consultation launched on November 15, the Department for Communities and Local Government suggested giving councils the power to recover the true costs of processing planning applications by varying their fees. …

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