Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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WELSH BUDGET DEAL

More cash for health and councils

The Welsh Government has struck a two-year budget deal with the Liberal Democrats that will see an additional £225m for the NHS next year and £10m more for councils to ease social services pressures. There will also be an extra £44m in 2015/16 for the Pupil Deprivation Grant. Labour is just short of a majority in the Welsh Assembly and the deal avoids a potentially protracted budget dispute.

NOT FAINT OF HEART

Curran takes NILGA presidency

Dermot Curran, of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, has been appointed president of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association. He said the period to April 1 2015, when 11 new councils replace the existing 26, 'will not be for the faint hearted'.

DEMOCRATIC DIVIDEND

Voter surge helps track tax dodgers

Scottish councils are using unprecedented voter registration for the independence referendum - at 4. …

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