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Charter for Budget Responsibility - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK

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Policy Network - Publications

Policy Network - Publications | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Policy Network is a leading international thinktank which provides progressive solutions to the political challenges of the 21st Century.
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Row over troubled families hampers Osborne's spending deal - Telegraph

Row over troubled families hampers Osborne's spending deal - Telegraph | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Louise Casey, the coalition’s “czar” for troubled families, is at the centre of a Whitehall row which has seen George Osborne’s planned announcement of a fresh round of spending cuts this week hit fresh trouble.
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Whitehall finance faces 'stark' challenge, says NAO | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine

Whitehall finance faces 'stark' challenge, says NAO | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Financial management in government must improve to ensure that public services are sustainable at a time of spending cuts, the National Audit Office said today.
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George Osborne's raid on QE proceeds rejected by statistics watchdog

George Osborne's raid on QE proceeds rejected by statistics watchdog | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Move to count £35bn from quantitative easing against deficit 'might have been influenced by presentational considerations'
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Tax Research UK » The reality is there is no protection for ...

Tax Research UK » The reality is there is no protection for ... | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
In accordance with the Civil Service Code and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, the Treasury has two nominated officers for investigating staff concerns: (i) a non-executive board member of the Treasury Board and Chair of ...
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HMT Whistleblower's comment, May 21, 2013 8:06 AM
A test of the protection available to whistleblowers in HM Treasury will be whether an acknowledged whistleblower, who was unfairly dismissed (i.e. me) is given his job back. That four months after an employment tribunal ruled the dismissal unfair, this has yet to happen is disappointing.
HMT Whistleblower's comment, May 21, 2013 8:11 AM
As "Anonymous" mentions, it is not surprising that this question was interpreted as being about HM Treasury, rather than HM Revenue & Customs. But Richard Murphy makes a fair point that saying responsibility lies at Permanent Secretary level is not the end of the matter if questions have been raised about the Permanent Secretary. Personally, I have a great deal of respect for Permanent Secretaries and believe they try to serve the public interest - but they are not infallible, and when it seems things have gone wrong, it is right that they be asked to give account.
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You think the government is fighting tax avoidance? Think again - The Guardian

You think the government is fighting tax avoidance? Think again - The Guardian | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
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You think the government is fighting tax avoidance? Think again
The Guardian
Chancellors of the exchequer have never been entirely straight about their tinkering with the tax system.
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Is the tide turning against tax havens?

Is the tide turning against tax havens? | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Campaigners are highlighting the number of companies using tax havens, but with a wave of protests, has the tide turned?
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A Dolittle Budget for a Doing Little Economy?

A Dolittle Budget for a Doing Little Economy? | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
The Chancellor delivered this year’s Budget with a lot of shouting – but the sound and fury disguises the essentially dolittle nature of his proposals. The main, modest, changes he proposes mostly ...
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Budget 2013: Osborne to unveil extra £2.5bn in cuts

Budget 2013: Osborne to unveil extra £2.5bn in cuts | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it

The government is to announce further spending cuts in Wednesday's Budget, with the savings going to large-scale infrastructure projects designed to boost economic growth.

Most Whitehall departments will have to cut 2% of their spending over the next two years, amounting to about £2.5bn.

But health, schools and HM Revenue & Customs budgets will be unaffected.

The cuts come on top of the 3% spending reductions announced for the next two years in last year's Autumn Statement.

In its 2010 spending review, the government originally announced departmental spending cuts averaging 19% - equivalent to £81bn - up to 2014-2015.

Chancellor George Osborne told his colleagues of the new austerity measures at Tuesday's cabinet meeting.

Overseas aid will also be shielded from the cuts, while local government and police budgets will be protected for the first year...

Budget 2013: Osborne to help those 'who want to get on' (BBC) http://ves.cat/dZUT

Budget 2013: George Osborne to raise tax-free allowance (The Guardian) http://ves.cat/dZSL

Budget: Tax threshold will rise to £10,000 to 'help hard workers' (The Independent) http://ves.cat/dZSU

Budget 2013: pound rises ahead of Budget (The Telegraph) http://ves.cat/dZUY

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Consumer News Budget Preview – What the Papers Say

Consumer News Budget Preview – What the Papers Say | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
George Osborne will later today announce the 2013 budget. As we all eagerly await his announcement, here’s a round-up of predictions from the national papers. (What the papers are saying - a roundup of #budget predictions.
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Watchdog warns over £10bn of Whitehall ‘savings’ | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine

Watchdog warns over £10bn of Whitehall ‘savings’ | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
The National Audit Office has said it is unable to verify £10bn of government savings claimed by the Cabinet Office in the 2012/13 financial year due to uncertainties in the data used by departments to monitor spending.
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Sustainable healthcare: race is on for ways to save both money and the sick - Financial Times

Sustainable healthcare: race is on for ways to save both money and the sick - Financial Times | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Sustainable healthcare: race is on for ways to save both money and the sick
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The Politics of Spending Review 2013: Why Now, Why at all?

The Politics of Spending Review 2013: Why Now, Why at all? | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
(This is the first of a series of comments I’ll be making addressing different aspects of SR2013 over the next few days) It is striking that not a single political commentator has even asked the qu...
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Home Office budget cuts agreed

Home Office budget cuts agreed | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
The Home Office and five other government departments agree budget cuts ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's spending review.
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Six more ministries agree cuts with Treasury | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine

Six more ministries agree cuts with Treasury | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Another six Whitehall departments, including the Home Office, have reached agreement with the Treasury on spending cuts for 2015/16 ahead of the June 26 Spending Review, it has been announced.
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Google will pay more if British tax laws are changed: Eric Schmidt - Daily News & Analysis

Google will pay more if British tax laws are changed: Eric Schmidt - Daily News & Analysis | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
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Google will pay more if British tax laws are changed: Eric Schmidt
Daily News & Analysis
He said if the British government wants to have more taxes, it should change its law.
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Tax receipts since 1963 - The Guardian (blog)

Tax receipts since 1963 - The Guardian (blog) | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)
Tax receipts since 1963
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Government spending needs us to be paying tax. So, how is it doing?
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SR 2013: Why now and what's it for?

SR 2013: Why now and what's it for? | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
So, it is now official, we are going to have Spending Review 2013. First, let's clear up some confusions - as far as we can - about where SR2013 "fits". SR2010 was supposed to cover four fiscal yea...
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Osborne transfers £2.5bn from Whitehall to fund infrastructure | City A.M.

Osborne transfers £2.5bn from Whitehall to fund infrastructure | City A.M. | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
GEORGE Osborne will unveil a series of major building schemes designed to kickstart economic growth http://t.co/sJwp9KeZ7I #budget2013
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Why the Size of Government Matters - National Review Online

Why the Size of Government Matters - National Review Online | The Politics of Public Spending | Scoop.it
Why the Size of Government Matters
National Review Online
When one moves beyond all the budget numbers floating around Washington these days, much of the debate over future policy boils down to a question of the size of government.
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