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Magazine article Public Finance

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Fire and rescue authorities in England are being invited to bid for a share of a further round of £150m in Private Finance Initiative credits, local government minister Nick Raynsford has announced. The credits can be used to fund projects such as the construction and maintenance of fire stations, the acquisition of training facilities, and the purchase of vehicle fleets.

Patients in Wales will wait no longer than 26 weeks for treatment after GP referral from 2009, Health Minister Brian Gibbons has announced. The target includes the wait as an outpatient for diagnostic tests and for inpatient or day-care treatment. Gibbons also said that by March 2007, the maximum wait for a total course of treatment would be 16 months. The targets we are setting are tough, but ringfenced money will be set aside to help the NHS in Wales deliver these targets over the next four years,' Gibbons said.

The government has called in inspectors to examine police handling of murder and serious crime in Nottinghamshire after comments by chief constable Steve Green criticising the resources given to his force. Home Secretary Charles Clarke has announced that Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary will report back to him by April 4 and advise if immediate action is needed. The Association of Chief Police Officers is also liaising closely with Nottinghamshire and other police forces to provide immediate additional experienced homicide investigators,' the Home Office said.

The London Underground privatisation has been a 'costly, unjustified' exercise that has failed to improve services, MPs have suggested. …

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