Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* Former Birmingham Labour councillor Muhammed Afzal has been cleared of vote-rigging by the appeal court. Afzal had been found guilty by election commissioner Richard Mawrey of collecting postal votes by deception in last year's local council elections.

* The Rail Safety and Standards Board has revealed that 2004 was the worst for rail staff deaths since 1991. Eight track workers were killed last year. The report also showed a 6% rise in the number of assaults on rail staff last year, which increased to 3,847.

* Whitehall's Public and Commercial Services union has warned that the government's five-year education strategy has been undermined by proposals to axe staff at the Department for Education and Skills. The union claims the job cuts would initiate a 'brain drain'and that efficiency savings were at risk. …

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