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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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,...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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,...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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