Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* The costs of criminal proceedings following the Hatfield rail crash in October 2000 will reach £8m, the Central Criminal Court has been told. Mr Justice Mackay was hearing evidence on the proportion that should be paid by the firms involved. Network Rail and Balfour Beatty.

* Public Accounts Committee chair Edward Leigh has criticised the NHS in Northern Ireland for failing to make efficient use of its hospital operating theatres. A PAC report this week found significant spare capacity that could be used to reduce waiting lists.

* Nearly 25% of Liverpool City Council's child psychologists have left amid claims that the city's special educational needs system is in disarray. Five of the 21 psychologists have resigned, citing rising workloads and opposition to plans to close ten of Liverpool's 14 SEN schools.

* The first pay-outs have been made to victims of the July 7 bombings in London by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. …

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