MPs are to be given the right to vote on the appointment of the chairman of
the new independent statistics board in an attempt by Gordon Brown to remove
suspicion of political taint from controversial decisions.
The move, one of several constitutional reforms outlined by the prime
minister in a statement in the Commons, follows decisions such as excluding
Network Rail from the national accounts, thus taking its £2b financing off the
Brown announced that a series of public appointments, including those of the
governor of the Bank of England and members of his monetary policy committee,
will in future be subjected to hearings by relevant select committees. They
will only have a veto over the statistics board appointment. In his case alone,
the appointment will be subject to a vote.
"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
UK-based non-doms have paid ten times more tax than the average taxpayer, raising concerns over the Brexit impact on non-dom contributions and therefore, the economy
A senior MP has questioned the impact of HMRC’s decision to undertake yet another radical overhaul of its internal structure
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