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Clippy
11th October 2010, 13:50
Sir Philip Green says government waste 'shocking'. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11512287)

I'd be interested in reading this document.

Do you think it is for public consumption or Govt only?

SupremeSpod
11th October 2010, 13:53
The country would be better off if Sir Philip paid his fair share of tax.

TimberWolf
11th October 2010, 13:57
In connection with this, on the News they said that X* number of IT contractors were paid £1000/day and no one knew what they did. I kid you not.



* I missed hearing the X figure

Clippy
11th October 2010, 14:07
The country would be better off if Sir Philip paid his fair share of tax.

I was going to make a similar point as to whether, due to his tax arrangements, it was appropriate for him to head up this review but thought against it.

gingerjedi
11th October 2010, 14:09
In connection with this, on the News they said that X* number of IT contractors were paid £1000/day and no one knew what they did. I kid you not.



* I missed hearing the X figure

I spent 3 years at the MoD and nobody checked what I did on a day to day basis. The department was disbanding sometime in the future so they weren't allowed to recruit and fill the posts with permies, the solution was to get 3x contractors in to fill the seats until closure whether they were required or not.

Nowhere near £1000 a day but it was a shocking waste, saying that I was more than happy to go along with it.:D

milanbenes
11th October 2010, 14:10
i'm happy for him and others like him not to pay tax if they create jobs and keep workers in britain working

Milan.

Clippy
11th October 2010, 14:12
I spent 3 years at the MoD and nobody checked what I did on a day to day basis. The department was disbanding sometime in the future so they weren't allowed to recruit and fill the posts with permies, the solution was to get 3x contractors in to fill the seats until closure whether they were required or not.

Nowhere near £1000 a day but it was a shocking waste, saying that I was more than happy to go along with it.:D

My nephew is doing first line support on an MOD contract via Fujitsu which involves shift work.

He said during nights, there are virtually no calls yet Fujitsu, knowing this, still insist there are upto 6 of them working per shift.


i'm happy for him and others like him not to pay tax if they create jobs and keep workers in britain working

Milan.

There are plenty of businessmen who are able to do both.

Why can't he?

fullyautomatix
11th October 2010, 14:16
There are plenty of businessmen who are able to do both.

Why can't he?

WHS

LIke HP

BBC News - Hewlett Packard accused of job cut 'butchery' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11515623)

shaunbhoy
11th October 2010, 14:24
Whether or not you disagree with his stance regarding coughing up his taxes in the UK (I personally agree with the others that he should), he is still eminently well-placed to pass judgment on the fiasco that has been allowed to carry on unchecked for years in the country's public services.
It is a disgrace, and hopefully this public highlighting of it will result in much-needed, and overdue, change.

:tantrum:

Waldorf
12th October 2010, 22:02
Firstly I agree that Philip Green should be paying his taxes in the UK, and I hope using him for this report does not detract from what has been unearthed.

We all know of waste in the public sector, the show needs to be completely looked at from scratch, many civil servants still have working practices from the 1950's.

I know there is waste in the private sector but at least I am not paying that bill, if a private company wishes to waste money that is their look out, and if it makes them fat then competition will provide an alternative.

Doggy Styles
12th October 2010, 22:23
The country would be better off if Sir Philip paid his fair share of tax.'Fair share'? Are you Gordon Brown in disguise? :wink :D

If Green were evading taxes, he'd be prosecuted. Evidently he is not, he is merely avoiding taxes, like most of the people on here, albeit with a special arrangement with HMG due to his position as a large wealth-creator.

So no problem as far as I'm concerned.

Peoplesoft bloke
12th October 2010, 22:39
Firstly I agree that Philip Green should be paying his taxes in the UK, and I hope using him for this report does not detract from what has been unearthed.

We all know of waste in the public sector, the show needs to be completely looked at from scratch, many civil servants still have working practices from the 1950's.

I know there is waste in the private sector but at least I am not paying that bill, if a private company wishes to waste money that is their look out, and if it makes them fat then competition will provide an alternative.

I'd be a bit cautious about this if I was working on a government contract - the main thrust of his argument seems to be "shaft suppliers and take ages to pay your bills" and guess who will bear the brunt of that - not civil servants.

AtW
12th October 2010, 22:49
the main thrust of his argument seems to be "shaft suppliers and take ages to pay your bills"

His argument that same stuff/service should not vary in price that much across the UK - those tulipy PPPs result in ridiculous charges for things that are cheap (like changing lightbulb etc).