Public Accounts Committee

HS2 Will Be A Disaster, But Politicians Lack The Bottle To Give It The Boot

Joe Rukin | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Rukin

No-one expects that the next Government will have an easy time. But remarkably, despite an almost inevitable backdrop of more cuts in public services, politicians are queuing up to embrace the ongoing festering sore of more delays and more billions on a project, only wanted by those planning to rake in those billions. All the evidence shows HS2 will be a disaster, but what do politicians care about evidence?

Transparency Is The Key To Multinationals Paying Fair Taxes

Caroline Flint | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Flint

Parliament will be standing up for fair taxes. For all companies to pay responsible tax and to play by the same set of rules. If Parliament steps up, we won't be the last country to do so. But the UK will be at the front of the pack. Right where we should be.

Tory HMRC Cuts Will Hit Customer Service - Govt Research

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics

Tory cuts to the UK’s tax authority will hit customer service and slash the money raised in tax collection, new internal Government research has fou...

Jeremy Hunt's 7-Day NHS Plans Based On 'Flimsy' Idea Of Funding

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK

Ministers have made "no coherent attempt" to gauge how many more doctors and nurses will be needed to deliver on their much-heralded manifesto promise...

MPs Tell Google People 'Hate' Them Over Tax Affairs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics

A Google boss has prompted fury from MPs after suggesting he does not know how much he gets paid. Top brass from the internet giant today faced a p...

Guess How Many Out of 110,000 Planned New Homes Have Been Actually Built?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics

Just 200 homes have been built on public land sold off by the Government over the last five years, new figures have revealed. Despite the land havi...

1.3m UK Homes will Never get Fibre Broadband

Dan Howdle | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

There are 1.3m homes and businesses right here in the UK, right now, that will never get fit-for-purpose broadband by traditional means.

IDS Is Struggling To Stop Losing Your Money

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalati...

Asylum Seeker Accommodation 'Unacceptably Poor'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has ...

Starbucks 'Will Pay More Tax' As It Moves HQ To UK

PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK following a row over tax avoidance. The coffee shop chain announced it...

Queen Needs To 'Get A Grip' On Finances

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

The Queen's household is down to its last £1m in royal reserves, and needs to get a grip on slashing costs, increasing income and sort out a backlog ...

Public Sector 'Gagging' Employees To Keep Quiet About Problems

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

A powerful group of MPs has hit out at "outrageous" examples of public sector bodies apparently paying employees to keep quiet about problems. The ...

'Strict Visa Controls Are Hampering Trade'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Government's efforts to boost trade are being hampered by Britain's strict visa controls which are deterring some overseas businesses from dealing...

Why the Public Accounts Committee Report on Tamiflu Is Important for Us All

Dr David Tovey | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr David Tovey

It is not surprising that the PAC has registered its concerns and its strong recommendation that all data from clinical trials should be made public. The conclusion that millions of people have been exposed to a treatment, at enormous cost to the public purse, despite the fact that independent researchers have been unable to verify it as being effective or safe, should trouble us all.

UK Deficit Is Twice What Osborne Tells You, Warn MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Government figures used by George Osborne and coalition ministers on the size of Britain's budget deficit may be misleading, an influential committee ...

Allegations Iain Duncan Smith Tried To Nobble Commons Committee 'Not True'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government has insisted there is "no truth" to accusations Iain Duncan Smith attempted to pin the blame for "shocking" failures in his flagship we...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Don't Blame Me

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 7 November 2013... 1) DON'T BLAME ME Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is in trouble wi...

Holding the Private Sector to Account or Holding Critics at Bay?

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

Margaret Hodge, MP, chair of the UK government's public accounts committee, has confirmed reviews into the UK Border Agency's COMPASS contract and into private sector delivery of public services.

London-Based Quango Boss Commuted From The LAKE DISTRICT

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

Imagine having a highly-paid job working for the Serious Fraud Office in London. But you really want to live in the Lake District, 250 miles away. ...

We Want to Hear Your Views on the Future of Workplace Giving

David Blunkett | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
David Blunkett

Normally when a representative from a business receives a letter asking them to come and give evidence in Parliament, I imagine their blood pressure rises a little, and beads of sweat form as they recall the grilling given to prominent businessmen and women by parliamentarians such as the chairs of the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury Select Committee. This week will feature a session which is, I hope, a little different, and will be examining the work that is taking place in businesses across Britain in partnership with their employees to support charities through workplace giving.

MPs Urge Tax Man To Investigate Google

PA | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

Google's "brazen" explanation for its tax affairs is "deeply unconvincing" and makes "absolutely no sense", according to a report from a influential c...

'Feeble And Wimpish'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

MPs have blasted the "feeble and wimpish" Office of Fair Trading for failing to get to grips with payday lending companies. The "predatory" compani...

Google Boss 'Perplexed' by Debate Over Tax Avoidance

PA | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics

Google boss Eric Schmidt today said he was "perplexed" by the debate over the company's tax affairs. The internet giant's executive chairman insist...

Google Makes Another Denial

PA | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

Internet giant Google today denied trying to "disguise" the way its business operated to minimise its tax bill in the UK. Appearing before the Comm...

Coalition's £310 Billion Infrastructure Plan For Britain Under Fire

PA | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have voiced doubts about the credibility of the coalition's £310 billion plan for boosting Britain's infrastructure. The Public Accounts Commi...