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County Councils Network accepts measures to make grant funding fairer

The County Councils Network (CCN) has welcomed measures in the local government finance settlement that could make grant funding for councils fairer.
the NHS

Positioning the NHS: the good and the bad

Over the last few years, it has been discovered that too many patients are being treated as if they were emergencies. Is it all bad for the organisation though? Join Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm as they weigh up both the positive and negative aspects of the NHS
Digital Europe programme

Commission proposes €9.2 billion investment in first ever Digital Europe programme

The European Commission yesterday proposed to create the first ever Digital Europe programme and invest €9.2 billion to align the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027 with increasing digital challenges
yearly overspends

Councils warn that yearly overspends on special education are ‘unsustainable’

County authorities say they are in the ‘unsustainable’ position of having to shift schools money towards supporting children with special educational needs to compensate for yearly overspends due to rising demand
cyber security budget

Over 50% of businesses increased their cyber security budget amid attacks

According to a recent report, 53% of businesses say their cyber security budget has increased over the last year due to an increase in cyber-attacks
the current european commission

Günther H. Oettinger, the current European Commission

Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner in charge of budget and human resources European Commission The latest statistics show eight million jobs created in the European Union since the current European Commission took office. At the same time, over the past two years the EU’s economic growth has surpassed that of...
Finnish Economy

The outlook of the Finnish economy

Finland’s Ministry of Finance lifts the lid on the current phase of rapid growth of the Finnish economy and their expectations for the same in 2018
research funding cuts

European Commissioner for Budget promises no research funding cuts

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, has 'guaranteed' no research funding cuts after the current period ends
school funding

Parents being asked to contribute to school funding

New data shows that 40% of parents in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are being asked to regularly contribute to school funding

NHS bosses backtrack on controversial budget cuts

Backlash for plans to save money by delaying operations, treatment and closing wards sees NHS bosses do a u-turn

Hospitals to get extra funding to cope with winter pressures

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has announced £20m of extra funding for hospitals to ease pressure on emergency departments ahead of next winter

NHS spending plans delayed because of financial pressures

The King’s Fund has revealed NHS spending across a number of areas is expected to be cancelled or delayed due to money difficulties
sajid javid pay for social care

Councils can raise tax to pay for social care, says Javid

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid says £900 million will be made available for councils to pay for social care over the next two years Government was criticised when social care funding was not addressed – or even mentioned – in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last month. The “unanimous and unequivocal” warning...
budget

Kent County Council launches six-week budget consultation

A six-week consultation will take place, giving Kent County Council the opportunity to explain the budget challenges it faces A new six-week consultation has been launched to explain the challenges facing Kent County Council in setting its budget for the next financial year. The council is looking to save another £108m...
pounds

The UK may still have to pay into the EU after Brexit

An unnamed cabinet member has told the BBC the UK may still have to pay into the EU after Brexit in order to secure preferential trading terms There has been lots of speculation over what the UK will look like after Brexit, particularly the UK’s relationship with the EU. Discussion...
nothern ireland

Going for growth for agriculture in Northern Ireland

Michelle O’Neill, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the north of Ireland gives an overview of her priorities for 2015 including tackling rural isolation and progressing the ‘Going for Growth’ strategy A difficult budget for 2015/16 means we will face a challenging year ahead. This is why I remain...
Northern Ireland Executive passes 2015-16 budget

Northern Ireland Executive passes 2015-16 budget

The Northern Ireland Executive has passed its 2015-16 budget, which includes an extra £150m funding. Due to increased funding set out in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, around £60m of the extra funding will be plugged into frontline education services. The news came following the announcement that the Northern Ireland Executive has...
10% of NHS drugs budget spent on diabetes prescriptions

10% of NHS drugs budget spent on diabetes drugs

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, prescriptions for diabetes account for almost 10 per cent of the NHS primary care drugs budget in England. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has revealed that almost 10 per cent of the NHS primary care drugs budget in...
rail

Asset management in the rail industry

Benefits of adopting the new ISO 55000 standard For many years the Rail Industry has been relatively stable with progressive evolution and development, however more recently significant changes have been seen. The recent development and technological advancements have resulted in numerous efficiencies with more transportation being undertaken on the rail...

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