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Public Accounts Committee

Commons Select Committee

The Public Accounts Committee examines the value for money of Government projects, programmes and service delivery. Drawing on the work of the National Audit Office the Committee holds government officials to account for the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending.

Taxation | Education | Health and Social CareThe UK Government response to the covid-19 pandemic

Committee news

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System of local government audit close to “breaking point”
System of local government audit covering £100 billion of public spending a year close to “breaking point” says PAC
14 July 2021
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Government must not duck tough choices for future of rail says spending watchdog
Public Accounts Committee publishes overview of the English rail system
7 July 2021
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Taxpayers set to lose tens of £billions in Government’s Covid-19 support schemes
Usual checks and controls were set aside in schemes rolled out “at pace” says Public Accounts Committee report on fraud and error
30 June 2021
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“Survival threat to festivals” and across creative and culture sector
Public Accounts Committee publishes report: COVID 19: Culture Recovery Fund
23 June 2021
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No more broken commitments on care: underfunded, unclear, urgently needs reform
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on the adult social care markets
16 June 2021
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Treasury’s ‘£17bn mistake’ that will take “generations to resolve” only part of “perfect storm” brewing in public pension costs
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on public sector pensions
11 June 2021
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£2million of taxpayers’ money on consultants to pay out DCMS charities fund
Public Accounts Committee report questions consultant fees to assess funding bids, “when established processes were already in place to do this”
9 June 2021
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Paying more for less: Councils to cut services even as tax bills rise after Covid
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on COVID-19: Local government finance
4 June 2021
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“No Covid plan” Department for Education “surprisingly resistant” to lessons-learned exercise amid concerns over catchup offer and scale of “hidden harm”
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on COVID-19: Support for children’s education
26 May 2021
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‘Complacent’, ‘unambitious’ BBC has ‘ducked the hard choices’ and failed to shore up financial plan for future
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on the BBC's strategic financial management
21 May 2021
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From 11% to 100% zero emission cars in 14 years: Government lacks plan for “huge challenge” of social and economic transition
The Government has a mountain to climb to get to all new cars in the UK emitting zero carbon in the next 14 years says Public Accounts Committee report
19 May 2021
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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund needs results-focussed ‘overhaul’ to deliver for UK economy and taxpayer
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
30 April 2021
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Lack of “understanding, leadership and coordination” at HMT and HMRC in face of global “climate storm breaking all around us”
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on environmental tax measures
28 April 2021
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MoD has “neglected” service personnel accommodation despite clear link to operational capability & personnel retention
£16.5 bn new funding announced in November 2020 “spent more than once before it had even arrived with the Department” says Public Accounts Committee report
23 April 2021
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Central-command system failed to reach around 800k clinically extremely vulnerable people before hundreds of thousands added to local lists
Selective application of “at risk” criteria saw some elderly and vision-impaired people “struggle to access food” at start of pandemic, says Public Accounts Committee report on Covid 19: supporting the vulnerable during lockdown
21 April 2021
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“Besieged” prisons, probation & courts can’t provide justice for “victims, offenders, taxpayers or society”
The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing difficulties facing the justice system which is now under 'unprecedented pressure', says Public Accounts Committee report
24 March 2021
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Vital public services including schools and hospitals “face serious disruptions” as Private Finance Initiative ends
“What is certain is that action needs to be taken now to avoid this becoming a huge payday for consultants” - Public Accounts Committee publishes report on Managing the expiry of PFI contracts
19 March 2021
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Notable success of “Everyone In” exposed rough sleeping problem many times larger than Government “has previously acknowledged”
Homelessness strategy thrown into question as Covid initiative temporarily houses nine times Government estimate of people sleeping rough says Public Accounts Committee report on COVID-19: housing people sleeping rough
17 March 2021
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New defence money potentially lost in “funding black hole” at centre of UK defence equipment plan
MoD must get existing programme under control, as well as making savings and cuts, before any new strategy can be delivered says Public Accounts Committee report on Defence Equipment Plan 2020–2030
16 March 2021
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PAC warns on “staggering” cost of Home Office border security tech failures
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on Digital Services at the Border
12 March 2021
Total results 490 (page 1 of 25)