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    1. February 25, 2015

      Lack of progress on universal credit

      Very little progress has been made in delivering the government’s flagship welfare reform, universal credit, despite £700m...

    2. February 15, 2015

      Shire has ‘nothing to hide’ on tax, says chief

      Shire’s chief executive has defended the company’s tax arrangements after being identified as one of the beneficiaries of...

    1. February 11, 2015

      MPs attack tax chief over ‘pathetic response’ to HSBC scandal

      Top officials at Britain’s tax authority were lambasted by MPs over their response to the HSBC tax evasion scandal, in a...

    2. February 9, 2015

      Hodge accuses civil servants of threat to muzzle watchdog

      A Commons spending watchdog was threatened with break-up if it did not moderate its treatment of civil servants, says its...

    3. February 9, 2015

      MPs set to grill tax authorities over HSBC

      HM Revenue & Customs is set to be grilled by MPs this week over the use of the HSBC data which has resulted in one...

    4. February 4, 2015

      MPs concerned over rise in unrepresented parties at family courts

      There has been a sharp rise in the numbers of litigants representing themselves in UK family courts, according to a report...

    5. January 29, 2015

      MPs sound alarm over UK public cash links with Nigerian projects

      MPs have accused ministers of allowing public money to be spent on development projects in Nigeria associated with...

    6. January 27, 2015

      ‘Havoc’ looms for UK taxman, MPs warn

      The UK’s ability to collect tax will be put at risk by planned changes to IT contracts, according to MPs, who warned that a...

    7. January 23, 2015

      Concerns over future of entrepreneurs’ tax relief

      Small businesses and tax experts have warned against changes to a popular tax break for company owners which has been...

    8. January 15, 2015

      MPs doubt high speed rail scheme will give value for money

      The £50bn high speed two rail project is unlikely to provide value for money, a cross party group of MPs says in a report...

    9. December 17, 2014

      British MPs condemn £10.5bn PFI train deals

      The purchase of new trains costing £10.5bn through two private finance initiative deals transferred all the risk to UK...

    10. December 10, 2014

      G4S and Serco won Whitehall work despite being ‘on probation’

      Five government departments awarded G4S and Serco fresh work during a period in which Whitehall “gave the impression” that...

    11. November 20, 2014

      UK National Audit Office attacks civil legal aid cuts

      Cuts to the civil legal aid budget are not delivering better value for money for the taxpayer, the UK’s top spending...

    12. November 18, 2014

      HMRC ‘unacceptably slow’ to tackle tax avoiders, say MPs

      MPs have accused the UK tax authority of being “unacceptably slow” in acting against avoidance, urging it to “do more,...

    13. October 30, 2014

      Alarm at race to lower corporate tax spurs debate on ethical duty

      The British government has found it hard to resist a damaging race to lower corporate tax, in spite of plans to crack down...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. December 20, 2013

      Swiss miss for HMRC

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

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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