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GIANT GRUMBLES

In Northern Ireland, the Audit is conducting a review of the tourist board's 'signature projects', which are aimed at boosting the tourism industry. Jointly funded by the public and private sectors at an expected cost of £172m, the projects cover sites such as the Giant's Causeway and Mournes national park. They were part of the tourist board's strategic plan for 2004-2007 but many have suffered long delays and have yet to be completed. The auditors' report will look at what went wrong and identify lessons for the future.

PAY THE PRICE

The Audit Commission is exploring the best way for councils to make savings on their pay bill while continuing to meet the needs of their communities. The watchdog's report, Local government workforce pay and rewards, due this month, will look at working patterns, staffing tiers and numbers, rates of pay and reward packages.

CALL FOR CHANGE

The National Audit Office is considering how ambulance trusts could respond to emergency calls more costeffectively. The study, due to be published this summer, will focus on cost variations between trusts and how best practice responses to 999 calls could benefit the NHS as a whole. …

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