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Media update: 21 February 2013

FDA/ARC mentions

21 February

ARC's press release from Tuesday - Tackling tax avoidance: Public Accounts Committee needs to recognise the need for more HMRC resource and proper reward for staff, says ARC - was reported today by Accountancy Age.

ARC President Gareth Hills was quoted, stating it to be "disappointing" that the committee placed little emphasis on providing HMRC with further investment "over and above" the £77m announced in last year's Autumn Statement.

Hill said: "The scale of the overall budget deficit of £126bn, and the tax gap of £32bn, are such that the government needs to put significant investment into HMRC," he said. "Even relatively small scale investment of £120m would recoup currently lost tax of £3.7bn."

Read the full articles:
HMRC needs more resources - ARC chief
Accountancy Age
www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2249621/hmrc-needs-more-resources-arc-chief

General interest

21 February

Increasing private office size has risks, say former mandarins
Civil Service World
www.civilserviceworld.com/increasing-private-office-size-has-risks-say-former-mandarins/ 

O'Donnell to defend officials on Radio 4 show
Civil Service World
www.civilserviceworld.com/odonnell-to-defend-officials-on-radio-4-show/

20 February

Government politicising the Civil Service by the back door with expert advisers
The Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9882131/Government-politicising-the-Civil-Service-by-the-back-door-with-expert-advisers.html

'Expert advisers' guide civil service reform
Public Servant
www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=22197

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