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Off the books: Danny Alexander’s payments problem

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is still struggling to enforce the rules on payments to public officials

By Emran Mian  

Who said what to whom? In February 2012, BBC Newsnight reported that the chief of the student loans company was paid through a private firm, potentially reducing his liability for tax and national insurance. Responding to an urgent question in Parliament, Danny Alexander said that he was asking the Treasury to review the “appropriateness of allowing public sector appointees to be paid through this mechanism.”

What does it mean? The review found that…

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