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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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Bob Kiley (pictured), London's commissioner for transport, is to stand down in January - three years earlier than expected. Kiley, who has been in the post for the past five years, said he had decided to resign as the capital's public transport supremo as it was 'the right time'. London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who courted controversy when he offered the American a multi-million pound pay deal to sort out London's creaking transport network, said Kiley had made an Outstanding contribution in starting to rebuild London's transport system'.

Homeless families last week delivered a 60,000-signature petition to Chancellor Gordon Brown's home as part of the charity Shelter's bid to end the housing crisis. Shelter is urging Brown to use the Pre-Budget Report on December 5 to commit to building 60,000 extra social rented homes. Shelter director Adam Sampson said it was clear that people wanted to see the chancellor boost the social rented homes sector. This is Gordon Brown's opportunity to show he wants to end the despair of homeless and badly housed children and give them the chance of a brighter future,' he said.

The 'vast majority' of 57,000 respondents to the government's summer consultation on banning smoking in public places called for a complete ban covering all enclosed public places and workplaces, figures from the Department of Health indicate. The results of the consultation, published last week, found that 90% of respondents were in favour of a complete ban rather than the partial ban proposed. …

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