News The over-budget decontamination of Sellafield by the NMP consortium has been the subject of repeated criticism

‘This is a massive indictment of NMP’s failure to deliver’ says environmental consultant after reading letters written to clean-up consortium

KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers hit back as probe attacks audit ‘closed club’

The Competition Commission has found that the audit market has “systemic” issues that have led to a closed club of the Big Four accountants dominating the sector.

Top accountancy firms accused of exploiting tax laws they helped to draft

Britain’s largest accountancy firms help the Treasury draft financial legislation which they then use to help their clients evade tax, it was revealed today.

Public sector services must be effective first, efficient second

They may sound similar, but there's a great deal of difference between these two terms, and our Government is heading on a dangerous trajectory towards the latter

MF Global deal frees funds due to creditors in UK

Thousands of clients at the failed broker MF Global could finally get their money back after administrators settled a long-running legal dispute.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 18 December 2012

H&M sales 'not as bad as feared'

The Business Matrix: Monday 17 December 2012

Supermarket eyes Gok push online

Overstaffing at KPMG causes profits to plummet

Misplaced optimism over the nation's faltering economic recovery has dented the fortunes of "Big Four" accountant KPMG, which revealed falling UK profits today. The accountant blamed hanging onto staff too long for the 13 per cent fall in UK profits to £349m in the year to October.

David Tait: The forward was described as 'an absolute legend of a bloke' by Danny Care

Sale mourn loss of former forward David Tait

Rugby players, coaches and administrators were today mourning the loss of David Tait, the former Sale forward and Scotland seven-a-side international who fell to his death from an apartment block in Hong Kong. He was 25.

David Tait

Sale confirm death of former player David Tait

Tait is understood to have fallen from an apartment block in Hong Kong

Cost fears raised but overhaul for PFI is given a welcome, too

Autumn Statement

Late rush hope for shops

The high street is banking on a "late Christmas rush" after anaemic spending by consumers last month.

Size matters in choosing an auditor, Big Four say

The Big Four accountants have launched fierce defences of the reasons for their market dominance in auditing major companies.

Heat turned up on 'Big Four' accountants

Evidence mounts at Competition Commission of 'closed shop' among leading accountancy firms

AEA pre-pack deal saves jobs

Nearly 400 jobs were saved by a pre-pack administration deal for the British arm of AEA Technology, the climate change consultancy which was spun out of the Atomic Energy Authority in 1994 and floated on the stock market two years later.

One in five workers is paid less than the living wage

The UK's economic squeeze has left a fifth of workers eking out an existence on less than the living wage, a shocking study to be published today will reveal.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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