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    1. October 3, 2014

      Green energy deals risked over-rewarding developers, say MPs

      The award of contracts worth up to £16.6bn to operators of eight sustainable energy projects by ministers failed to secure...

    2. September 25, 2014

      Britain’s poor roads cost government £31m in driver compensation

      The Department for Transport has paid £31.6m in compensation to drivers for damages arising from poor road conditions as a...

    1. September 5, 2014

      Army reservist recruiting plan badly thought out, say MPs

      Ministry of Defence plans to reform the army by cutting the number of regular soldiers and replacing the lost capacity with...

    2. Nick Butler

      August 31, 2014

      A chief executive for Whitehall?

        © Getty Applications close this week for the newly created post of chief executive of the UK civil service. The general...

    3. August 22, 2014

      Q&A: Could I go to prison for innocent tax mistake?

      As part of its clampdown on tax evasion and aggressive forms of avoidance, the government has proposed a “strict liability...

    4. July 3, 2014

      HMRC miscalculated targets by almost £2bn

      HM Revenue & Customs wrongly claimed to have beaten its tax collection targets by billions of pounds after miscalculating...

    5. June 25, 2014

      ‘Complex’ tax reliefs cost Britain £100bn a year, say MPs

      Britain spends more than £100bn a year on tax reliefs that are “substantial, complex and poorly managed”, MPs said on...

    6. June 23, 2014

      UK nuclear clean-up bill rises by £6.6bn

      The bill faced by taxpayers for the clean-up of Sellafield and Britain’s other nuclear sites will be £6.6bn more than...

    7. June 20, 2014

      MPs brand disability benefit launch a ‘fiasco’

      The launch of a new disability benefit has been “nothing short of a fiasco”, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded, in the...

    8. June 10, 2014

      Army cuts report delayed by MoD intervention

      The UK public spending watchdog has delayed the publication of a highly critical report into plans to slash the size of the...

    9. June 10, 2014

      Education Funding Agency criticised over failing institutions

      The government body responsible for allocating more than £50bn a year of public funding to schools, colleges and academies...

    10. May 15, 2014

      Welfare-to-work groups seek scale before next round of contracts

      Private sector suppliers of the government’s £5bn welfare-to-work programme are braced for a wave of consolidation as they...

    11. May 13, 2014

      Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

      Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

    12. April 24, 2014

      ‘Risky’ contract for housing asylum seekers attacked by MPs

      Attempts to save £140m on the cost of housing asylum seekers by outsourcing the service to G4S and Serco were risky, poorly...

    13. March 14, 2014

      MPs demand tighter outsourcing controls

      Civil servants failed to spot problems on a series of botched outsourcing contracts, meaning scandals involving suppliers...

    14. February 14, 2014

      Nearly half student loans at risk, warns UK watchdog

      Almost half the money lent by the government to university students may never be repaid, opening a hole of up to £80bn in...

    15. February 6, 2014

      Margaret Hodge attacks UK coalition’s failure to tackle tax reform

      Margaret Hodge, the influential chair of Britain’s parliamentary public accounts committee, has accused the government of...

    16. January 9, 2014

      UK taxman toughens stance on big company disputes

      The UK taxman has toughened its stance on disputes with big business in response to public pressure over alleged...

    17. December 26, 2013

      Public services told to scrap premium rate phone lines

      Frustrated callers left with large phone bills after calling government phone lines should be spared the cost of having to...

    18. December 20, 2013

      Swiss miss for HMRC

      The public accounts committee (PAC), chaired by Margaret Hodge, has strongly criticised HM Revenue & Customs for...

    19. December 19, 2013

      HMRC failing to pursue big companies over tax, say MPs

      The UK tax authority has failed to demonstrate that it is “on the side of the majority of taxpayers” by using its full range...

    20. December 11, 2013

      We can’t go on like this – it’s time to reform the civil service

      I admit it, the House of Commons liaison committee does not sound like much, but we are not an uninfluential bunch – it is...

    21. December 6, 2013

      Uncollected VAT in the UK hits £13bn in 2012

      Nearly £13bn of value added tax was uncollected last year, as the VAT gap, the difference between the tax collected and the...

    22. November 12, 2013

      Public outsourcing could soon lose public support

      The heat is on for the companies who provide an ever-increasing proportion of UK government services. This week, a National...

    23. November 5, 2013

      MPs call for probe of Duchy of Cornwall tax status

      The Treasury should investigate whether the special tax status of the Prince of Wales’s estate has an adverse impact on...

    24. November 4, 2013

      MPs open fourth inquiry into aircraft carrier cost

      A powerful committee of MPs will open a fresh inquiry into the spiralling cost of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, after the...

    25. October 28, 2013

      MPs attack HMRC over money recouped from Swiss tax evasion deal

      MPs have attacked the tax authority for raising just a quarter of the money expected from an offshore tax evasion agreement...

    26. October 9, 2013

      HMRC ‘not doing enough’ to combat tobacco smuggling

      MPs have urged the government to consider “naming and shaming” tobacco manufacturers that fail to co-operate in tackling...

    27. October 1, 2013

      Sellafield clean-up company nears deal to extend £22bn contract

      The private consortium in charge of the clean-up of nuclear waste at Sellafield in Cumbria is closing in on a deal to extend...

    28. September 16, 2013

      Hodge denounces corporate tax reform

      A senior MP has attacked the government’s reform of international corporate tax rules for creating a loophole that allows...

    29. September 10, 2013

      HS2 fightback begins with £15bn growth promise

      The proposed high speed rail line between London and the north could boost the UK economy by £15bn a year when it is fully...

    30. September 4, 2013

      Customs checks overlooked during London Olympics

      The pressure to reduce immigration queues during London’s 2012 Olympic Games led to border officials overlooking important...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 2, 2013

      Vodazon, and tax: can't... get... outraged...

      Financial maze du jour — can you get tens of billions of pounds in cash through this corporate structure to a big, tax-free...

    32. July 26, 2013

      Jindal fight puts focus on British steel trader

      A fraternal scrap between two Indian billionaire brothers has pushed one of Britain’s largest private companies, and the...

    33. July 15, 2013

      Duchy of Cornwall unscathed by parliamentary foray on tax affairs

      MPs investigating the tax arrangements of the Prince of Wales ended up debating ancient titles on Monday as they failed to...

    34. July 10, 2013

      BBC severance payouts ‘shock’ Lord Patten

      Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, voiced “shock and dismay” over the size of severance payments to former BBC senior...

    35. July 5, 2013

      Laptops and the case for high-speed rail

      ‘The economic benefits of the High Speed 2 rail link will probably be revised downwards as the transport department drops an...

    36. July 5, 2013

      Britain’s HS2 rail case as unconvincing as roads policy

      The definition of a builder’s estimate is a sum approximately half the final cost. Perhaps the Public Accounts Committee had...

    37. July 2, 2013

      NHS consultant contracts provide poor value for money, MPs say

      A contract for hospital consultants that substantially increased pay has failed to stem a decline in productivity and has...

    38. June 28, 2013

      Schools funding to miss 2014 crisis point

      The torrent of new funding for schools unleashed by the Treasury on Thursday was packed with dazzling sums, but it will not...

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