Archives for March 5th, 2002

UTILITIES TO RENT ROADS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 March, 2002

Two pilot schemes allowing local authorities to charge utility companies ‘lane rental’ when they dig up roads have begun in Middlesborough and Camden, using new powers made available by DTLR.Gas, water, electricity and cable companies will face a daily lane rental charge of up to 650 pounds each time they dig up the road to install or maintain equipment. Councils will be allowed to keep the money raised through these charges and spend it on transport projects.

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INQUIRY INTO WHITEHALL RELATIONSHIPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 March, 2002

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Wicks Committee) has begun its inquiry into the relationship between Ministers, special advisers and permanent civil servants.The committee has published an initial consultation paper defining the boundaries and this will be followed by written evidence and public hearings. There will be a final report in December which is expected to inform proposals for a new Civil Service Act.

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