Audit firms" "cosy" links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government"s relationship with "Big Four" companies

Audit firms' 'cosy' links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government's relationship with 'Big Four' companiesCommittee says accountants have 'inside knowledge' of tax loopholes By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:44 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 26 April 2013 Margaret Hodge said accountants knew about tax loopholes Britain's biggest accountancy firms have ‘an unhealthily cosy relationship with Government’, a damning report from MPs will warn today.

How David Cameron"s 5bn jobs scheme CUT the number finding work

How PM's 5bn jobs scheme CUT the number finding work: More people would have found employment if ministers had done nothing The Work Programme pays companies and charities if they get long-term unemployed into a jobOfficials thought 5% of people would find work on their own – more than the 3.5% helped by the scheme200,000 have been found some work but many last just a few weeks before going back on benefits | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 28 November 2012 Data for the first 12 months of the Work Programme showed the 5billion initiative secured lasting employment for just one in every 50 people referred, at a cost of 14,000 a job. The scheme – personally championed by the Prime Minister – pays private sector firms such as A4e and G4S to find jobs for the long-term unemployed.