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HMRC must work faster to beat tax avoidance

According to the report 'HMRC's Progress In Improving Tax Compliance And Preventing Tax Avoidance’ (HC 458), the action taken against tax avoiders is unacceptably slow.

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee said up to £10 million of taxes avoided by 2,000 users of a scheme known as ‘Liberty’ may not be recoverable.

How does it affect me?

If you pay your taxes, if you would like to know the scale of tax contributions which are lost through tax-avoidance, and how this might impact UK investment, then this will be of interest to you.

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Review of child protection systems in England needed

The Communities and Local Government Committee calls for a review of child protection systems across England in ‘Child Sexual Exploitation In Rotherham: Some Issues For Local Government’ (HC 648).

The report, which follows investigation into abuse in Rotherham that took place between 1997 and 2003, says that child sexual exploitation is widespread and not confined to Rotherham.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in local authority child protection or OFSTED, or if you have concerns about the ability of local authorities to protect vulnerable children, this will be of interest to you.

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More work to be done to improve out-of-hours GP services

According to the Committee report ‘Out-Of-Hours GP Services In England’ (HC 583), patients' experience of out-of-hours care services varies unacceptably across England.

The report criticises NHS England for failing to provide effective oversight to deliver value for money, or deal with the conflicts of interest which inevitably occur when many Commissioners are also Providers.

How does it affect me?

If you work for the NHS, if you have experience of out of hours care services in England, or you are concerned about the consistency care provided by NHS England, then this will be of interest to you.

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