Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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CASH INJECTION

£40m boosts NHS in Wales

The Welsh Government has allocated £40m from reserves to help the NHS meet winter pressures. This comes on top of £200m extra previously announced. GP out-of-hours services in Wales had their busiest ever Christmas and New Year, ambulance services dealt with more critically ill patients while accident and emergency saw more patients with acute conditions and complex needs.

POLL TAX ARREARS

Liability to pay ends in Scotland

Liability to pay historic poll tax debts ended in Scotland on February 1, the Scottish Government has announced. Arrears collected by councils in Scotland fell from £1.3m in 2009/10 to below £350,000 in 2013/14 and some have stopped collecting the tax, which was abolished in Scotland in 1993.

GROWTH AGENDA

NI 'driving innovation' in Europe

Northern Ireland can help drive public sector innovation across the European Union, finance minister Simon Hamilton said after a visit to Brussels. …

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