Category Archives: Government

"If the economy was a sick patient, George Osborne would be struck off"

Larry Elliott writes on today’s Guardian website: “Weaker growth has meant the government’s deficit reduction plan is well off track, with David Cameron admitting that austerity will now continue for a decade, double the five-year period of pain promised when the coalition came to power. The Treasury has borrowed well over £500bn since the recession began and the figures are worse this year than they were in 2011.” John Cridland, DG of the CBI and general all-around supporter for the Chancellor says: “These are very disappointing figures. They show there has been a lack of growth in the first… Read more
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Lester & Alexander – cock-up and now conspiracy?

As a senior level interim I have become transfixed by the ‘car crash’ that is the Lester case. The Municipal Journal has reported: “Senior local government officials face a potential Treasury probe into their personal tax affairs following revelations that the head of the Student Loans Company (SLC) avoided paying tax on his salary, under arrangements agreed within Whitehall. Ed Lester was not added to the SLC payroll when given a two-year contract in January 2011, and was paid through a private firm – a loophole which saved him an estimated £40,000 a year on his tax bill. His £182,000… Read more
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