Magazine article Public Finance

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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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T&G, Unison and Nipsa members in Northern Ireland staged a one-day strike on May 13 over £32m worth of cuts planned by the province's education and library boards. Schools and libraries staff, lunchtime supervisors, cleaners, classroom assistants and caretakers took action over fears that the budget reductions will lead to heavy job losses. T&G organiser Alison Gribben said there was widespread 'anger and resentment' among staff at the plans.

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a New Ideas Fund to improve research into social justice and regeneration. Individuals and organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that 'complement existing research data by producing new evidence'. They must deliver value for money and have a track record of conducting research. Social Justice and Regeneration Minister Edwina Hart said: This new fund has been designed to encourage lateral thinking about potential research projects, as long as they are relevant to our social justice and regeneration policy.'

Sally Hamwee has been reappointed as chair of the London Assembly for a third term. The Liberal Democrat member, who will also chair the budget and budget monitoring committees, said: The Assembly will continue to hold the mayor to account and investigate issues of concern to Londoners. I hope that we can work together as a cohesive group, despite our political differences.' Conservative member Brian Coleman will serve as deputy chair.

Richard Jeavons has been appointed director of IT service implementation at the Department of Health. …

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