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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  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 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...

  11. May 13, 2014

    Clamour to snare top job reflects rise of select committees

    MPs will vote on Wednesday on who will take over from James Arbuthnot as chairman of the defence select committee, with...

  12. May 8, 2014

    MPs warn on mismanagement at free schools

    A lack of scrutiny means the public cannot be confident that money spent on the government’s free schools programme is being...

  13. April 29, 2014

    Confidence in NHS waiting times dented

    Public confidence in whether hospitals are meeting waiting time targets is being undermined by “a hotchpotch of IT and...

  14. 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...

  15. April 1, 2014

    Watchdog attacks BT ‘monopoly’ in rural broadband rollout

    The £1.2bn state project to provide fast broadband services to rural areas has been attacked for creating a “monopoly” for...

  16. March 28, 2014

    Farm and business inheritance tax reliefs double in five years

    The cost of exempting agricultural land and businesses from inheritance tax has more than doubled over the past five years,...

  17. March 27, 2014

    UK tests for disabled claimants in chaos as Atos quits contract

    Attempts to tighten up scrutiny of disability claimants have been thrown into chaos after the government’s key provider of...

  18. 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...

  19. February 26, 2014

    Stemcor wins agreement to restructure $1.3bn debt pile

    Stemcor, one of the world’s largest steel traders, which is majority-owned by the Oppenheimer family, will restructure its...

  20. 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...

  21. February 12, 2014

    BBC’s HR boss caught in the media spotlight

    Lucy Adams’ five years at the BBC have coincided with one of the most torrid periods in the corporation’s history: spending...

  22. 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...

  23. January 24, 2014

    UK pay-offs to gag staff ‘outrageous’, say MPs

    Public sector organisations are spending tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in “outrageous” attempts to conceal...

  24. January 21, 2014

    Efforts to help UK SMEs access finance lack coherence, MPs say

    The coalition’s efforts to help small businesses access finance have been criticised by MPs as a series of ad hoc...

  25. 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...

  26. January 3, 2014

    More evidence of low tax payments by US tech groups

    A year ago David Cameron promised to ensure foreign companies paid higher taxes in the UK, vowing tough action on...

  27. December 20, 2013

    Swiss miss for HMRC

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

  28. 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...

  29. December 16, 2013

    MPs probing BBC pay-offs attack culture of ‘cronyism’

    The BBC had a culture of “cronyism . . . that allowed for the liberal use of other people’s money”, MPs said in a report...

  30. December 6, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Margaret Hodge

    My last meeting with Margaret Hodge was eight years ago when, as children’s minister, she invited me to lunch to set me...

  31. November 12, 2013

    Watchdog warns on transparency over outsourcing deals

    Ministers have been warned of a lack of transparency surrounding billions of pounds of contracts to groups such as G4S and...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. Westminster Blog

    September 26, 2013

    Lord Mandelson comments prompt backlash from Labour figures

    Labour has been convulsed with in-fighting after Lord Mandelson criticised Ed Miliband’s new policies such as the plan to...

  37. September 26, 2013

    Rollout of rural broadband mismanaged, say MPs

    The rollout of broadband to rural areas has been mismanaged and left a “quasi-monopolistic position” that has been exploited...

  38. September 19, 2013

    Government accused of double standards over tax avoidance

    After months of championing the global crackdown on tax avoidance by multinationals, the UK government is facing mounting...

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