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?
Although the final chapter in this tale has now been published, those constituents will still be struggling to pay off their debts, and the accompanying interest payments, several months from now. They might not even know they can claim compensation to help get their finances back on track.
The challenge of non-compliance may be opaque, but it's looming larger than ever. However, this shouldn't lead to gloom. The NMW's successful record, and the energy and resource that have been channelled into enforcement offer grounds for optimism.
Just how incompetent does one Government Department have to be before change happens? The National Audit Office has just
£42million of taxpayers' money was poured into an organisation which was poorly managed and did not deliver the results expected. The simple truth is public money belongs to the taxpayer, not to Ministers. Every funding decision has to be viewed through this prism. In the case of Kids Company this was evidently not followed. It is only right that those who made these decisions are held to account.
BBC pay-offs to senior staff have breached the corporation's own guidelines by being over-generous and have "put public trust
The HS2 high-speed rail project has an estimated £3.3 billion funding gap which the Government has yet to decide how to fill
The public spending watchdog is to investigate BBC severance packages after it emerged almost 200 senior managers received
There is real concern that NHS organisations will go bankrupt under the new arrangements being brought in by the Government's
The early sale of bank Northern Rock to Virgin Money was the "best way" to protect the taxpayer from greater losses, a report