Ministry of Defence accounts under watchdog scrutiny over official’s salary

National Audit Office refuses to sign off MoD’s accounts over £280,000 salary package of chief of defence material A senior civil servant in the Ministry of Defence has had his £280,000 salary package questioned by a parliamentary spending watchdog in a report which also raised flaws in the department’s internal accounting. The National Audit Office […]


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Fraud and error cost DWP £3.2bn last year

National Audit Office says fraud and error in the welfare system remains ‘unacceptably high’ Total benefit overpayments due to fraud and error in the last financial year cost the Department for Work and Pensions £3.2bn – around 2% of the total benefit expenditure – according to the department’s annual report and accounts for 2011-12. Amyas […]


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Government plan to build 80,000 affordable homes at risk of falling short

Report says half of homes are scheduled to be built in 2015 – the scheme’s final year – and there is no room for manoeuvre Government plans to build up to 80,000 properties under the affordable homes programme are at risk of significant failures, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report released on Wednesday. […]


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HMRC failures ‘led to billions in lost tax’

National Audit Office finds tax officials failed to seek proper legal advice while negotiating settlements with large companies Tax officials failed to follow their own strict rules whilst negotiating deals which allowed corporations to withhold billions of pounds in tax, according to a report from the Parliament’s official auditors. The National Audit Office has found […]


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Northern Rock split ‘could leave taxpayers with £2bn bill’

National Audit Office raises questions about Treasury decision to split the Newcastle-based bank in two in 2009 Taxpayers face losses of at least £2bn on the continued state ownership of Northern Rock, the National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded as it raises questions about the decision by the Treasury to split the Newcastle-based bank in […]


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