Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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HOUSING

Wales to fund future model housing

The Welsh Government is providing funding for innovative models for homes that, for example, could be built quickly or use little energy. Over the next two years, £20m will be available to support new types of housing and ways of building. Communities secretary Carl Sargeant said he also wanted to provide homes that could be "recycled, not just reused, if needs change".

EDUCATION

Wall collapse fault of council, not PFI

The collapse of a wall last year at an Edinburgh primary school built with controversial Private Finance Initiative funding was not the fault of this payment system, an independent report has concluded. The report, by Northern Irish architect John Cole, lays heavy responsibility on Edinburgh City Council for not providing adequate supervision or scrutiny of the contractors and sub-contractors that built the school for the council.

ELECTORAL SERVICES

MSPs: cut high pay for returning off icers

Senior council executives in Scotland should not receive multi-thousand pound payments for acting as returning off icers at elections and referendums, according to MSPs. …

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