As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I've repeatedly raised concerns over Ministry of Defence spending. See our most recent report by clicking here.

Today I again challenged the Government over its plans for yet another defence review.

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The Government has announced that the management of all offenders will be transferred to the National Probation Service. This comes just five years after Chris Grayling introduced a programme of privatisation whilst Secretary of State for Justice.

The Public Accounts Committee, which I chair has repeatedly highlighted the flaws in the privatisation model, the management of the contracts and the lack of resilience.

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Crossrail was due to be completed in late 2018. It is now not likely to open until spring 2020 (at the earliest) and will be at least £2.8 billion over-budget.  

See me challenge the Department for Transport and Crossrail management team on this here.

Read the transcript of the PAC hearing here.

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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

The PAC has repeatedly raised concerns about the current franchising model; it has been challenged in the courts and we see few bidders for each franchise. All clear signs that there is a problem.

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Last week I spoke at a Guardian event on how we can protect the NHS from future cyberattacks, following the WannaCry attack in 2017. 

The event brought together health service leaders and influencers to consider how best to protect vital NHS systems and services. 

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As many of you are aware, Universal Credit has rolled out in Hackney this month and replaces six other benefits with a single monthly payment. However, the introduction of Universal Credit is causing unacceptable hardship and difficulties for many people in Hackney and across the UK.

If you live in Hackney and need any advice on what Universal Credit will mean for you, visit the Hackney Council website https://www.hackney.gov.uk/universal-credit for useful advice.

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Last week I asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) if it is prepared for Brexit.

Many businesses are not being informed on what they will need to do if we leave the EU. Defra acknowledged that it had sent out more detailed communications later than it should have.

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Meg's analysis of the issues to watch across Whitehall from her perspective as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

Chair’s foreword

This Parliamentary Session:

  • The Committee has held 66 inquiries
  • Published 49 reports
  • Government agreed with 171 of 187 recommendations.

 

Welcome to my annual report.

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