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    1. March 20, 2016

      Duncan Smith’s departure threatens to derail universal credit

      Away from the controversy over disability benefit, Iain Duncan Smith’s departure threatens what was to be his lasting...

    2. March 20, 2016

      Welfare straits: How benefits saga hurt Osborne

      In private, George Osborne admits some policies only made it into the last Conservative manifesto because it was felt...

    Special Reports

    1. Rail and Metro 2013

      Transport advances pinned on technology...
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    1. March 1, 2016

      Criminal justice system inefficient, says spending watchdog

      The criminal justice system is inefficient and does not provide value for money, the National Audit Office has...

    2. February 24, 2016

      National Audit Office warns on further mis-selling

      Despite the £22bn banks have paid out to compensate customers and nearly £300m of fines for misconduct, the UK’s...

    3. February 11, 2016

      Pensions spinout criticised over payments backlog

      A flagship government outsourcing deal involving millions of civil service pensions has resulted in chronic backlogs...

    4. February 9, 2016

      We should create a tax system that reassures the public

      Campaigners, the media and politicians of both left and right have all expressed outrage at the amount of corporation...

    5. February 8, 2016

      Ministers urged to be transparent on tax deals

      The UK government is being urged to open its tax settlements with multinationals to independent scrutiny, in response...

    6. January 29, 2016

      Justice ministry lost £1m on cancelled commercial venture

      The Ministry of Justice lost more than a million pounds on a commercial venture that sold consultancy and training to...

    7. Westminster Blog

      January 26, 2016

      British farmers battle with their banks after payment delay plunges them into debt

      More than 26,000 British farmers have not yet received annual European subsidy payments and many are facing financial...

    8. January 25, 2016

      Only 200 houses built on public land that could have held 100,000

      Whitehall only has evidence for the construction of 200 new homes on public land sold off during the past five years,...

    9. January 13, 2016

      Whitehall spending on consultants resumes rise, report shows

      Spending on management consultants in Whitehall is rising again at a time when the civil service has fallen to its...

    10. January 11, 2016

      Lin Homer to step down from top job at HMRC

      Days after being awarded a damehood, Lin Homer, the top official at HM Revenue & Customs, has announced she is to step...

    11. January 8, 2016

      Taxpayers foot rising cost of benefit claimants’ incapacity tests

      The cost of carrying out medical assessments to determine benefit claimants’ fitness for work is rising, and the...

    12. January 6, 2016

      Remedial action needed to get government projects off the buffers

      A third of large government projects due for delivery over the next five years are unlikely to fully deliver or will...

    13. December 17, 2015

      British Council fined for breaking pay rules

      The British Council has been fined £500,000 for breaking government pay rules when setting salaries for its new chief...

    14. December 17, 2015

      HMRC focuses on low-value tax prosecutions

      A quarter of tax prosecutions last year involved less than £10,000 of revenues, showing that HM Revenue & Customs has...

    15. December 16, 2015

      NHS hospitals regard ‘running deficits as normal practice’

      Health service finances have “severely” deteriorated in the past year and ministers and NHS managers lack a “coherent...

    16. December 14, 2015

      Companies emerge from ashes of Cameron’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’

      David Cameron’s “bonfire of the quangos” has seen the abolition of 285 public bodies but 184 new organisations were...

    17. December 8, 2015

      Britain faces £180m fines over farm subsidy delays

      Britain is facing fines of up to £180m a year after delays and cost overruns to a big IT project that channels European...

    18. December 8, 2015

      Labour urges NAO to probe starter home subsidies

      The national auditor is considering whether to investigate the government’s programme of subsidies for home ownership,...

    19. December 3, 2015

      UK spending watchdog criticises failure over e-borders programme

      The Home Office has failed to deliver fully on its e-borders programme, despite spending £830m, according to a report...

    20. November 29, 2015

      Head of defence procurement agency bullish on Trident costs

      When Britain revealed last week that estimates for renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent had ballooned by billions of...

    21. November 29, 2015

      Virgin Media criticises government broadband payments to BT

      Virgin Media has criticised the government’s £1.6bn national broadband scheme for giving “hundreds of millions of...

    22. November 24, 2015

      Watchdog finds delays to repairs limit revenue potential for rail franchises

      Delays and cost increases on infrastructure works pose risks to the amount of money the government can secure for...

    23. November 6, 2015

      Auditors say early Eurostar sale cost taxpayer £745m

      The decision to sell the government’s stake in Eurostar is likey to have deprived the Treasury of more than £700m of...

    24. November 4, 2015

      MPs to probe workplace pensions rollout for smaller employers

      MPs are to investigate whether the government has done enough to help millions of small employers — including parents...

    25. October 29, 2015

      Kids Company received £50m from state, despite warnings

      Kids Company, the charity that drew support from high-profile figures including the prime minister before its collapse...

    26. October 26, 2015

      Audit office to probe scheme to sell civil servants’ expertise

      The National Audit Office has launched an investigation into a Ministry of Justice scheme to sell civil servants’...

    27. October 20, 2015

      Ofwat should tighten the spigot on water profits

      Those opposed to cuts in personal benefits often complain there is too little focus on “corporate welfare”. By this...

    28. October 15, 2015

      Auditor calls Bank of England regulation bill ‘unacceptable’

      The head of Britain’s spending watchdog has attacked “unacceptable” government plans to increase transparency at the...

    29. October 14, 2015

      Watchdog accuses water groups of retaining £800m excess profits

      Water companies have been allowed to retain excess profits of at least £800m during the past five years rather than...

    30. September 23, 2015

      UK charities shake-up follows criticism over tactics

      The shake-up of fundraising processes announced on Wednesday follows a torrid summer for charities, with the exposure...

    31. September 17, 2015

      Shine some new light upon the Old Lady

      The remarkable power accorded to central banks inspires two opposite reactions. The first is an angry awe at the sheer...

    32. September 16, 2015

      Overseeing the Bank of England: who will guard the guardians?

      Now that the Bank of England’s powers extend well beyond interest rates to areas such as bank supervision, the...

    33. September 13, 2015

      Tax clampdown threatens to sink inner city revival

      The government has been marketing a property scheme aimed at encouraging inward investment, but the project is clashing...

    34. September 9, 2015

      Role of state-run financial institutions increases

      The rapid growth of financial institutions under the government’s control will not be reversed by George Osborne’s...

    35. September 9, 2015

      Proposal to open Bank of England books to auditors causes unease

      The Bank of England has raised doubts over government plans to open the doors of Threadneedle Street to UK official...

    36. July 21, 2015

      Bank of England set to open doors for additional scrutiny

      The Bank of England is set to open its door to the UK’s official auditors, according to government plans aimed at...

    37. July 17, 2015

      Audit office gives mixed report on HMRC

      Plans to cut tax credit fraud and error by £1bn over three years by outsourcing checks to a private sector company have...

    38. June 29, 2015

      China graft probe uncovers falsified revenues at large SOEs

      China’s state auditor has uncovered falsified revenues and profits in the accounts of some of the country’s biggest...

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