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NHS trusts are spending millions of pounds outsourcing staff to new arms-length private companies, research has revealed. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by Unison showed that trusts in England are "shelling-out" huge amounts of money on consultants. Companies are advising trusts on the setting up of wholly-owned subsidiaries, to…
The Education Secretary has been urged to intervene after student nurses at 20 universities had their loans and grants cut off or reduced due to administrative errors. More than 800 people have been told they were paid too much money by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and informed upcoming payments…
A group of 20 NHS hospital trusts has launched a legal bid for business rates relief in a landmark case that could save under-pressure hospitals nearly £300 million a year. The trusts have begun court proceedings against 49 local authorities seeking to be treated the same as private hospitals for…
Theresa May has set out plans to help ensure that prostate cancer patients are "treated earlier and faster". The Prime Minister has pledged £75 million towards clinical trials for the disease which will focus on improving early diagnosis and survival rates as well as exploring options for different treatments for…
Cuts to local authority budgets mean councils are spending £137 a year less per head on average, new analysis shows. Figures from the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre, commissioned by Labour, outline changes in the real-terms total revenue per head figures for councils across Scotland between 2013/14 and 2018/19. The average…
Local authority spending on services for children and young people in England has fallen in real terms by almost £1 billion since 2012, Labour has claimed. The party released analysis suggesting that net expenditure on the services fell from £7.9 billion in 2012 to £7.6 billion last year. This cash…
The care industry will be plunged into "crisis" if the Government does not step in to fund a £400 million back payment bill, MPs have heard. Ministers were warned that the decision of HMRC to pursue care providers for liabilities could result in a "rash of mini Carillions". The warning…
Council officials who claimed they have "worked our bollocks off" are resisting attempts to limit exit payments to £95,000, MPs have heard. Conservative former minister Sir Christopher Chope said the response from officials in Dorset when told about the plans by the Government was: "Bollocks." The veteran MP also declared…
Tory MPs have been accused of "laughing and sneering and smirking" at public services in crisis as the Government suffered a symbolic defeat on council funding. MPs backed a Labour motion which said local government "has severely suffered as a result of almost eight years of brutal and devastating cuts".…
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is to do a U-turn and keep donations raised by a controversial black-tie event mired in claims that female hostesses were groped. The organisation, which raises funds for the hospital, said it has made the decision to keep the money, reportedly some £530,000, raised…
A long-term funding plan to stop the NHS being hit by funding crises will be put in place this year, Theresa May has announced. The Prime Minister admitted the health service "can't afford to wait" until the planned review of public spending in 2019 and told MPs she wanted changes…
Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered commissioners to take control of a troubled Tory-run council. An independent report, published earlier this month, found Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) had "failed to comply with its duty" to deliver services and concluded it should be scrapped. Mr Javid, speaking in the Commons,…
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