Hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money is being wasted on poorly managed
government contracts, said the National Audit Office.
Civil servants are failing to make sure outsourced service providers were
meeting terms of their deals, and the government could save £290m from its £12bn
contracts bill if they were better maintained, reported the Telegraph.
Despite the huge amount of cash lavished on these services, government
departments do not take the process anywhere near as seriously as they should,’
said Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward Leigh.
Contracts organiser the Office of Government Commerce said new guidelines
would be implemented to make sure contract terms were met.
Smaller businesses could be excluded from government plans for making business transactions digital, found new research from ICAEW
Further powers are being sought by HMRC, but it is ‘failing’ to use those it already has, such as Conduct Notices, says RPC
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"The whole idea of HMRC officials supplying confidential information about individuals to the media on a non-attributable basis is, or should be, a matter of serious concern," say Supreme Court judges