Govt criticised for 'failing to collect £22bn from taxpayers'

The Government has come under fire from an influential group of MPs for failing to collect billions in debt. The Public Accounts Committee hit out at the coalition's failure to come up with "a strategic, cross-government approach" to collecting debt.

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Hodge: Govt relying on 'periodic large write-offs'

The Government's treatment of debt has been "characterised by neglect and periodic large write-offs," according to the head of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

After a scathing report into the Government's failue to collect the £22bn it was owed, Margaret Hodge said:

The Government is owed this massive amount of money but it has failed to take a strategic, cross-government approach to managing that debt and getting more money paid to the Exchequer.

Instead its treatment of debt has been characterised by neglect and periodic large write-offs.

– Margaret Hodge

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