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    1. March 4, 2015

      Bill for Sellafield nuclear clean-up jumps 10% says audit office

      The bill to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria has jumped by more than 10 per cent to £53bn, according to the...

    2. 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...

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    1. February 16, 2015

      Duncan Smith rolls out universal credit payment

      Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, said the government’s welfare reforms had saved the taxpayer £50bn and...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. February 10, 2015

      UK business secretary Vince Cable raises concerns on HSBC clean-up

      HSBC’s private bank furore Doubts over HSBC’s claims to have cleaned up its act after alleged collusion with widespread...

    5. 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...

    6. February 9, 2015

      HSBC in Swiss tax avoidance storm

      HSBC has admitted that its Swiss private bank may have held accounts for tax-dodging clients, after secret files from...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. February 3, 2015

      MPs sounds alarm over NHS finances

      The sums spent by the NHS on temporary medical staff soared by £500m in a year, with one hospital alone spending £1.5m a...

    10. January 28, 2015

      Hinkley Point nuclear deal faces fresh delay

      The UK’s parliamentary watchdog has abandoned plans to scrutinise the Hinkley Point C nuclear project after predicting that...

    11. January 23, 2015

      Taxman faces 3m flood of last-minute filings

      D-Day is approaching for HM Revenue & Customs. But with just a week to go until the deadline for self-assessment tax returns...

    12. January 23, 2015

      Tax notice blow for Liberty investors

      More taxpayers who were involved in tax-saving investment schemes almost a decade ago are being targeted in the government’s...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. January 8, 2015

      Whitehall under fire for late payment of bills to SMEs

      The government has been urged to improve payments to small companies for public sector work after an official report found...

    16. 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...

    17. December 8, 2014

      PwC sold ‘tax avoidance on industrial scale’

      MPs accused a firm of accountants of “selling tax avoidance on an industrial scale” on Monday after a tense parliamentary...

    18. November 26, 2014

      UK’s universal credit benefit faces more delay

      The UK’s flagship welfare programme faces more delays, with the National Audit Office warning that the universal credit’s...

    19. November 20, 2014

      Spending watchdog criticises high price of tax reliefs

      A tax break for entrepreneurs selling their businesses cost £2bn more than expected last year, the government’s spending...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. October 30, 2014

      Watchdog warns on failure to intervene in under-performing schools

      Nearly one in four children in England are losing out on a good education because of a continuing failure by government to...

    24. 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...

    25. September 29, 2014

      Who will be the next mayor of London?

      Candidates for the next London mayor Only two people have held the post of elected London mayor since it was created in...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. August 1, 2014

      MP criticises Uber for ‘opting out’ of UK tax regime

      The row over the future of the London taxi market reignited on Friday after an influential MP said new entrants such as...

    29. August 1, 2014

      MPs accuse Whitehall of failing to protect whistleblowers

      Whitehall departments and other public bodies have failed to prevent whistleblowers from being victimised, and some have...

    30. July 25, 2014

      Charities warn over outsourcing of UK children’s services

      “Price-driven competition” in children’s services is eroding resources for vulnerable young people, a coalition of leading...

    31. July 22, 2014

      UK taxman criticised over £10bn IT costs

      HM Revenue & Customs has been lambasted by an influential MP for its “unacceptably poor” management of its multibillion IT...

    32. July 6, 2014

      UK outsourcing spend doubles to £88bn under coalition

      The amount spent on outsourcing services in the UK has doubled to £88bn since the coalition government came to power in...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. June 17, 2014

      George Osborne ‘broke Treasury rules’ by introducing Help To Buy

      George Osborne broke his own department’s rules when introducing his flagship Help To Buy home ownership subsidy scheme, a...

    37. 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...

    38. May 16, 2014

      Coalition’s attempts to boost regional growth criticised

      Billions of pounds set aside to boost economic growth in the English regions remain unspent while progress in creating jobs...

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