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Margaret Hodge wants to pick fights with the civil service

Margaret Hodge wants to pick fights with the civil service

by Ben Duckworth / 15 Mar 2012 12:18

The Labour MP for Barking is not someone who gives up causes easily. And today, Margaret Hodge has given a speech at Policy Exchange that picks a fight with the civil service and its propensity for hiding from taking accountability for its actions. She says: “the old doctrine of accountability isn’t fit for the 21st century”. This might sound like process but it strikes at the very way in which government works.

Since

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The black hole of accountability at the heart of Whitehall

The black hole of accountability at the heart of Whitehall

by Nick Pearce / 01 Mar 2012 15:43

Margaret Hodge was voted TP's MP of the month for February for her work holding HMRC to account of Goldman Sachs. Read her interview about it here.

Before Christmas, the outgoing head of the civil service, Sir (now Lord) Gus O’Donnell wrote a stiff letter of complaint to Margaret Hodge MP, the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Parliament’s most powerful select committee. Hodge, he asserted, had over-reached herself and the

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Margaret Hodge makes an enemy 

Margaret Hodge makes an enemy 

by Ben Duckworth / 02 Feb 2012 12:08

Parliament’s on a bit of a roll at the moment. It’s again become the place where things happen, even with little legislation going through the House of Commons currently. There was an urgent question this morning asking why the head of the Student Loans Company was paid via a company without tax being deducted. It has led to Danny Alexander announcing a review which will conclude in March and call for any

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Could the MoD be in danger of not being ‘fit for purpose’?

Could the MoD be in danger of not being ‘fit for purpose’?

by Ben Duckworth / 22 Feb 2011 14:09

It's obvious that buying defence kit, or ‘procurement’, is not cheap. It's also got a reputation for being late and wildly over budget. Today's report by the public accounts committee reveals the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is barely in control of its spending.

The figures are nasty –in 2010 alone the cost of the department's major projects rose by £3.3bn and nearly £5bn was lost by late cancellations. Committee chair Maragret Hodge

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