Guardian. Society, June 9th 1999, p. 2-3
Argues that an inclusive society can be built through:
Public Finance, June 11th - 17th 1999, p. 24-26
Argues that the Labour government is motivated in its creation of a multitude of local action zones by two ambitions : to reduce social inequality without raising spending on mainstream programmes, and to increase central control of the delivery of local services. The plethora of zones creates serious problems of co-ordination of activities and may give rise to new bureaucracies.
Public Finance May 21st-27th 1999, p. 24-26
Critical appraisal of Peter Lilley's speech on the limits to free market provision of public services. The implications of Lilleys speech are that the Tories would be doing well to hold down public spending and reduce it slightly in good years. If there is to be universal access to health care, education and welfare services, they will have to be financed out of general taxation. Therefore there is little scope for dramatic reductions in the size of the public sector.
Public Finance, May 21st-27th 1999, p. 19-22
Public Service Agreements are at the heart of the Labour government's drive to modernis public services. Comprising 28 agreements incorporating more than 600 targets, they set out the improvements in services that the government is seeking in exchange for investment made. They are focused on end results such as shorter waiting lists in hospitals, improved literacy and numeracy in schools, reduction in car crime, etc. The targets are demanding but realistic. Sanctions will be imposed on failing institutions, but good performance will be rewarded, in particular with greater freedom and less interference.
Scottish Labour Party and Scottish Liberal Democrats
Edinburgh : 1999
Joint policy statement by the leaders of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Labour Party, covering education, student finance, health, community regeneration, environment and transport, enterprise and rural development.
Department of Health
Draft guidance for local housing, health and social services authorities in England on drawing up joint charters, based on a national framework outlining local standards for long-term care services. The six key areas for authorities to set local standards and goals for improvement are: