Archives for January 12th, 2004

NEW LOCALISM, NEW FINANCE

Book News, PublicNet: 12 January, 2004

By Iain McLean and Alistair McMillanThis report looks at the way local government should be funded in the UK with the prospect of regional assemblies. It considers how in a more devolved world we can fund for equity without introducing complex formula or creating perverse incentives. The authors draw on extensive research from Australia and Canada. They suggest that the establishment of a UK Grants Commission to distribute and allocate both regional and local funding would boost both efficiency and equity. They also propose a number of changes on how we raise and spend taxes, including allowing for some national income tax to be collected at local level.

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WORKSHOPS TO AID PUBLIC SECTOR FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 January, 2004

A series of workshops will be run in the next two months to help the public sector prevent, detect and investigate fraud. They are being organised as the Institute of Public Finance warns that getting your money and assets back is a major part of the ongoing fight against fraud and corruption in the public as well as the private sector.The workshops are to be run by the CIPFA Better Governance Forum. Its Counter Fraud advisor, John baker, said the identification and confiscation of criminal assets was now recognised as an essential step in any investigation. “How and when you do this needs to be understood if the outcome of investigation is to be successful,” he said.

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LGA VOICES FEARS OVER MOST VULNERABLE TENANTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 January, 2004

The Local Government Association is warning that some of the country’s most vulnerable tenants will still be at risk of death or serious injury from fire in spite of new safety measures proposed under the Housing Bill. The LGA wants the fitting of sprinklers to be made compulsory in high-risk bed sits and other houses in multiple occupation.It is warning that new powers to boost protection for HMO tenants do not go far enough to counter the risk from domestic fires even though figures show that 35 per cent of all fire deaths and 39 per cent of all fire injuries occur in this type of accommodation. It points to statistics showing that in 2001 alone there were more than 22,500 fires in HMOs, causing 116 deaths and more than 4,700 injuries.

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