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Friday, March 2, 2012

Extraordinary tales of fraud and failure in Whitehall

The scale of the sums being lost in Whitehall due to crime and error boggles the mind.

There are moments when even the most hardened cynics are made to gasp in disbelief at the scale of the incompetence, waste and dishonesty over which our ministers and mandarins preside. It is awesome. It would be unbelievable – except that, three weeks ago, the Cabinet Office slipped out a report giving chapter and verse on how we are losing £31 billion a year to tax cheats, benefit fraudsters and bungling officials.

For those who find the scale of the figure hard to comprehend, Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister, helpfully points out in the foreword that the total loss to the public sector represents £500 for every man, woman and child in the land. No wonder George Osborne said this week that the UK had run out of money. It has been pouring out of the back door by the tanker-load. Read More