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Westminster Confidential

On Monday BBC chiefs will appear before Parliament’s most powerful committee, the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

They will be there to answer questions on the vexed question of employing people through personal service companies to avoid paying tax and national insurance at source.

The BBC will be joined be civil servants from Whitehall and local government who have all been exposed of using this device to employ people and avoid paying tax and national insurance at source.

The scandal was first exposed by me on the ExaroNews website (  and BBC Newsnight when it was discovered that Ed Lester, the Student Loans chief, had used this device to be paid £182,000 a year.

The furore that followed led Danny Alexander,Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to launch an inquiry which discovered that another 2500 civil servants were using the same device across Whitehall. The review’s findings were also leaked to…

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3 thoughts on “

  1. This is just an inconsequential sideshow. Until the Banks, the large corporations such as Google and Vodaphone are held to account, these are just little people. It needs the politicians who are supported by the big corporations to enforce better laws. And is that possible. I would like to think yes, but is it in their interest. Oh, and don’t mention Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs and the deals they have agreed.


    • When O when will people realize that things in the world are happening just as they are meant to, ordinary people with big ideas of themselves being given uniforms (Community Support Officers) Police who don’t know the relevant laws arresting Photographers going about their lawful business in public places, Banks and huge corporations stealing money from the tax payer, every penny fits the slot, get a grip folks, all this is supposed to be happening!!!


      • richardl

        not entirely. What is at stake is a change in the culture in government – if people at the revenue are on tax avoidance schemes themselves they are obviously going to let off the big boys like Vodaphone as well


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