Civil Servant Accountability to Parliament: Time for Change?

 Civil servants are accountable to their Minister but are not directly accountable to Parliament.   Ministers rightly account to Parliament for their policy. Only Accounting Officers, usually the Permanent Secretary, have direct accountability to Parliament for the value for money spent by departments. In the case of the Dept for Health for example, this makes just …

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How HMRC allowed Vodafone off the hook on massive tax bill

HMRC allowed Vodafone to route a loan through a series of foreign companies in order to avoid paying UK Corporation Tax running into hundreds of millions of pounds.  In the light of this, the opportunity for the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister to act on their words last week, about large UK companies …

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