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Taxpayers being treated unfairly by HMRC says House of Lords report

Greater powers given to HMRC to tackle tax avoidance and evasion are undermining the rule of law and justice, warns a House of Lords report. The Economic Affairs Committee said HMRC has been granted some broad, disproportionate powers without effective taxpayer safeguards. High penalties, designed to deter taxpayers from appealing, are a tax on justice, […]

MPs fury over Facebook chief Zuckerberg ‘no show’

Politicians from nine countries reacted angrily to the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing today. The event is part of an unprecedented international inquiry into disinformation and fake news. Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy solutions, appeared in Mr Zuckerberg’s place.He said he took responsibility for deciding who appeared at which committee. […]

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating Cambridge Analytica data breach

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely-used Parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. Damian Collins, MP, later said […]

Government will miss it’s own Smart Meter deadline warns Watchdog

There is “no realistic prospect” of the government meeting its own deadline to install smart meters, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The public accounts watchdog has joined a chorus of voices – including a group of MPs and Citizens Advice – which say the target is impossible to reach. Every home in Britain […]

Gambling machine climb down means new rules go ahead in April

The maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals will be cut from April after the government bowed to pressure. Ministers had been facing a parliamentary defeat, with several Tory MPs joining opposition politicians to table amendments to the finance bill. The chancellor said in the Budget the maximum bet would be reduced from £100 to £2 […]

Public sector outstanding rebounds with strongest performance in two years

The UK public sector outsourcing market recorded its highest quarterly performance since 2016 in the third quarter of 2018, as government departments focused on securing deals for IT and tech services, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index. The research, compiled by business outsourcing partner Arvato and industry analyst NelsonHall, found that the strong performance […]

Budget 2019: Tech Giants face digital service tax

Technology giants will be forced to pay tax on the sales they generate in the UK, under new plans announced in the Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to introduce a digital services tax from April 2020 following a consultation. He said “established tech giants” will be targeted rather than start-ups. Companies such as Amazon and […]

Northern Rock: US Firm ‘mislead’ UK Government on mortgages says BBC Panorama

A US private equity company has been accused of misleading the government about the biggest sale of state assets in UK history. BBC Panorama has discovered Cerberus told the government it was planning to offer homeowners better mortgage deals before its £13bn purchase of former Northern Rock mortgages in 2016. But the company hasn’t provided […]