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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

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Committee news

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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
“Unimaginable” cost of Test & Trace failed to deliver central promise of averting another lockdown
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on COVID-19: Test, track and trace (part 1)
10 March 2021
Government has “no plan” for achieving Net Zero, two years after setting target in law
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on achieving Net Zero
5 March 2021
“Next housing and building regulations scandal brewing” in flood protection failures
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on managing flood risk
26 February 2021
Supply and planning issues threaten UK’s “world beating” vaccine achievements
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on COVID-19: Planning for a vaccine Part 1
12 February 2021
Frontline workers left “risking lives to provide treatment and care”
Public Accounts Committee publishes first report on COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment
10 February 2021
DfE “surprisingly unconcerned” on whether free school meals contractor was “profiting at taxpayers’ expense”
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on COVID 19: the free school meals voucher scheme
5 February 2021
Time is running out: Government must “move on from aspirational words” and start “taking the hard decisions”
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on achieving government’s long-term environmental goals
3 February 2021
Government’s “perennial inability to manage and deliver projects on time and budget” must be addressed to navigate through end of pandemic and beyond
The Public Accounts Committee publishes Lessons from major projects and programmes report
29 January 2021
Government must get a grip on further education sector, with nearly half of colleges in financial measures
Public Accounts Committee publishes report "Managing colleges’ financial sustainability"
27 January 2021
Financial sustainability of some local authorities presents a significant risk to government
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee says Treasury has “worryingly laissez faire attitude” as Committee calls for rapid implementation of Redmond findings
22 January 2021
HMRC must urgently explain why some taxpayers have had no support during Covid
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on HMRC performance 2019–20
20 January 2021
Digital inequality compounding the economic inequality “harshly” exposed by covid-19
Committee publishes their report Improving Broadband
8 January 2021
Total results 1097 (page 8 of 55)