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Three NHS managers reportedly received redundancy payments totalling nearly £1m - even though they continued to work for the health service.

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A quango paid tens of thousands of pounds in unauthorised bonuses to staff in breach of a Government-agreed pay deal, a public spending watchdog said.

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The Ministry of Defence is wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers' money on military supplies it does not need, according to a public spending watchdog.

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Northern Rock was sold to Virgin Money, owned by Richard Branson, last year. The sale was controversial: by injecting a subsidiary into the bank, Virgin was able to realise millions of pounds. Effectively, it part paid for Northern Rock with cash it was able to take out of the bank

Labour was 'lucky' with Northern Rock gamble using taxpayer billions

Treasury lacked 'capacity and expertise' to deal with financial meltdown, auditors' report warns

Emma Harrison, the owner and former chairman of A4e, resigned in March this year

'Risky' firm A4e loses contract to help jobless

The controversial welfare-to-work firm A4e has been stripped of one of its government contracts after ministers decided it was "too great a risk".

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Troubled work firm A4e loses contract to help jobless

Auditors criticise poor fraud detection systems at government department

‘It is one of the most depressing reports I have read in terms of policy implementation’ Margaret Hodge, PAC chairman

Student visa 'chaos' led to rush of illegal immigrants

Immigration chiefs were accused yesterday of presiding over "complete chaos" when the bungled introduction of a new student visa regime led to an influx of migrants to Britain to work illegally.

BBC savings outweighed by Salford move, says report

Savings in the cost of backroom functions at the BBC over the past five years have been outweighed by an increase in spending on buildings, largely due to the move of many programmes and staff to Salford, according to a report.

HS1 passenger forecasts 'not met'

International passenger numbers on the HS1 Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line are falling far short of original forecasts, a report from a Government spending watchdog said today.

MPs demand greater scrutinyof Network Rail

The parliamentary public spending watchdog has attacked Network Rail, branding it a "fictional" private sector company and demanding its accounts be opened to full scrutiny.

Spending watchdog hits out at Network Rail

Parliament's public spending watchdog has attacked Network Rail, branding it a "fictional" private sector company and demanding its accounts be opened to full scrutiny.

Health care regulator chief Cynthia Bower quits

The chief executive of health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has resigned, it was announced today.

£1.5bn bailout for seven NHS trusts

The Government has announced a £1.5 billion bailout for NHS trusts suffering serious financial problems.

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