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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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“Muddled, overstated, eye-wateringly expensive”: PAC damning on Test & Trace that has “failed on main objectives”
Public Accounts Committee publishes update on NHS Test and Trace
27 October 2021
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Deprived local areas and schools ‘hit hardest’ by DfE’s school funding changes
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on school funding
22 October 2021
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MoD estate management failures “continue to harm the well-being of service personnel” as well as UK military capabilities
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on progress of defence estate disposals
12 October 2021
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UK product safety weaknesses “not fit for challenges” of protecting consumers
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on protecting consumers from unsafe products
30 September 2021
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Opaque, unaccountable public appointments to quangos risk their reputations and ability to deliver
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on Government’s delivery through arm’s-length bodies
24 September 2021
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“No clear end in sight” to HS2 cost or delays with “many difficulties ahead”
High Speed 2 “literally running out of time” for decisions on key elements says Public Accounts Committee report on HS2
22 September 2021
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Government must move to ensure regulators keep pace with post-EU, technological and social changes
Public Accounts Committee highlights challenges for the UK’s regulatory regimes in report on Principles of effective regulation
15 September 2021
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DWP unable to explain “shocking inequality” as unemployment among young black people surges to 41.6% in pandemic
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on DWP employment support
8 September 2021
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Home Office “failing Windrush generation again” in compensation scheme
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on the Windrush Compensation Scheme
27 July 2021
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Pandemic lessons “cannot wait for Government inquiry” with massive taxpayer exposure & “unacceptably high waste”
Public Accounts Committee publishes two reports
25 July 2021
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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
Total results 500 (page 1 of 25)