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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. December 20, 2013

    Swiss miss for HMRC

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

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. June 21, 2013

    National Audit Office condemns gagging clauses for civil servants

    More than a thousand civil servants have signed gagging clauses that could stop them speaking out about problems, a system...

  37. June 17, 2013

    Nuclear clean-up chief hits at slow Sellafield progress

    The head of the public body overseeing the clean-up of Britain’s toxic atomic legacy has admitted having “real...

  38. June 13, 2013

    UK MPs demand Google tax revamp

    MPs have demanded urgent changes to Google’s “highly contrived” tax arrangements in a hard-hitting report that said the...

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