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The growing storm over allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster shows that the Establishment is no longer above the law, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee has said. Reviewing today's newspapers on Sky News' Murnaghan prog... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband (09.45) speaks at the Sutton Trust/Pearson summit in London on higher education where he is expected to announce Labour's plans for vocational education. Skills minister Matthew Hancock (14.00) and education commit... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge warned of the financial difficulties facing many NHS foundation trusts. "What we found was getting over one in four are now in deficit. And there are 25 trusts, that's about one in six of the ones that Monitor regulate, wh... Continue to article
08/05/2012 in Defence
Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge has attacked the Ministry of Defence's mishandling of carrier aircraft replacement as a "tragic waste of taxpayers’ money".
The UK will lack aircraft carrier capability until 2020 because the Government "chose to delay" purchasing the required aircraft as part of the defence spending review.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Ms Hodge said: "This fiasco over aircraft carriers is one of the most potent examples of what can go wrong with big projects in the public sector and lies at the heart of what is dysfunctional within the Ministry of Defence."
George Osborne will struggle to cut Government spending to the extent he has promised, according to a report by MPs. The Public Accounts Committee said departments coped well with the first year of cuts, totalling £7.9bn, but warned that finding a further 19% of total spending, £77bn, would prove a "more significant challenge". Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: "The Treasury needs to get a grip at the centre on the approach taken by departments, otherwise government will impose arbitary cuts and fail to secure value for money."
The Private Finance Initiative scheme set up by Gordon Brown was "appallingly poor value for money", Margaret Hodge has admitted. In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, Ms Hodge also said she had been shocked at discovering how taxpayers money has been wasted in Government departments, criticising the Ministry of Defence in particular, which she said was "over-optimistic" about what it could buy with the funding available.
A "radical" rethink of the Government's Private Finance Initiative has been called for by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The Committee, chaired by Margaret Hodge, warned that, in too many cases, investors have made "eye-wateringly high" profits while taxpayers are trapped in expensive and inflexible contracts.
The chairman of Parliament's spending watchdog has promised to make life "uncomfortable" for ministers and civil servants who refuse to comply with it. The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said it was her job to "blow the whistle and shout loudly" to eradicate waste. In a speech today, Ms Hodge will also say the PAC has faced "obfuscation" during its inquiries.
Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has described the American firm in charge of the failing NHS IT project as "cowboys" who should be "run out of town". Ms Hodge told the Times she was shocked to learn that Computer Sciences Corporation was looking to increase its contract after it failed to deliver fully functional software to any of 166 NHS trusts in England, costing in excess of £2bn.
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