An influential group of MPs has hit out at the Government for failing to collect £22bn in unpaid fines and tax as well as overpaid tax credits.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was highly critical of the Government's failure to collect the unpaid debt, the majority of which (£15 billion) was owed to HMRC.
PAC, chaired by Margaret Hodge, was critical of the Government's failure to launch "a strategic, cross-government approach" to collect the £22bn, the National Audit Office announced the outstanding debt.
In its report, the committee warned that failure to minimise the volume of debt outstanding was having a direct impact on Government borrowing.
"We are concerned that the centre has taken so long to drive improvements in debt collection, given that this should be a basic business activity, and given the huge volume of bad debts that are written off each year."
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