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Magazine article Public Finance

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A legal dispute between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and Sir Robert McAlpine Construction Management over the building of the Scottish Parliament has been settled out of court. The dispute, which was brought by McAlpine and centred on alleged breaches of the tendering process, was settled without either side admitting liability and with no payments being made. McAlpine had been seeking £4.31m in damages. The Parliament's presiding officer, George Reid, said: 'Achieving a settlement of this case was clearly in the public interest, given the potential costs.' However, the abandoned action leaves the SPCB with a £150,000 legal bill.

An independent report into the awarding of a sea defence contract by Scarborough Council has revealed 'a sorry tale of errors and complacency' so severe that it exposed the authority to 'public ridicule'. The report, by former Bradford chief executive Richard Penn, identified a catalogue of errors. These included costs going £30m over budget to reach £53m, and a failure to observe rules requiring the contract to be advertised within the European Union. Scarborough last year sought to prevent publication of the report.

The proportion of older people receiving social services in their own home has risen by 5% since 2001/02, the government's Health and Social Care Information Centre announced last week. The rise means that 32% of older people needing a 'high level of support' from their local authority are given that support in their own home and that local authorities have now exceeded their March 2006 Public Service Agreement target by 2%. …

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