Public Finance

Mutual option proves contentious for London boroughs: Public Finance

  Mutual option proves contentious for London boroughs   by Paul Gosling   Self-help, mutual insurance style, has been a long standing feature of local government. Municipal Mutual dominated the market for councils’ insurance market for most of the last century – until it collapsed in the 1990s. Now a group of London boroughs has […]

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The riddle of Northern Ireland’s education policy: Public Finance

  The riddle of Northern Ireland’s education policy   By Paul Gosling   “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”, was Winston Churchill’s description of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It equally well describes Northern Ireland’s post-primary education policy. An alternative choice of words could be ‘chaos, wrapped in a conflict,

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Northern Ireland public sector faces swingeing job cuts: Public Finance

  Northern Ireland public sector faces swingeing job cuts   by Paul Gosling   Over 33,000 jobs in Northern Ireland’s public sector face the axe, some 15% of the total, according to the Nipsa union. The warning follows an announcement that 450 jobs will go at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, 15% of its total

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End of the line for the PFI?

In the early days of New Labour, the Private Finance Initiative was seen as the only game in town for funding major public sector projects, but the Metronet crisis could mean the game is up, writes Paul Gosling. The administration of contractor Metronet seems to place question marks over the very principles underlying the Private

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