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#1 JohnM

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

see report

 

Phillippa Williamson, the now-former chief executive officer of the Serious Fraud Office, was also given an ‘irregular’ £407,000 pension top-up that did not go through the proper approval process.

 



#2 Wolford6

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

The BBC has probably offered her a job.


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#3 JohnM

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

see Official report here: http://www.sfo.gov.u..._tim_hurdle.pdf



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:59 AM

It's amazing how generous officials can be when they're spending other people's money.



#5 Wolford6

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:06 AM

Who investigates financial mismanagement at the Serious Fraud Office?


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#6 gingerjon

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

So about 24k a year in travel and accommodation expenses?

 

Remind me what the MPs who are whinging about this get.  And the state of their pensions?


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

So about 24k a year in travel and accommodation expenses?

 

Remind me what the MPs who are whinging about this get.  And the state of their pensions?

Taxation law is that if you're getting travelling expenses for commuting to your permanent place of work then it's a taxable benefit.  I wonder if that was on her P60 and tax return.


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#8 gingerjon

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:13 PM

Taxation law is that if you're getting travelling expenses for commuting to your permanent place of work then it's a taxable benefit.  I wonder if that was on her P60 and tax return.

 

If your permanent place of work is 'home' though?


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#9 Johnoco

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:13 PM

I thought 'The Men From The Ministry' was a parody, not a documentary.

#10 getdownmonkeyman

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:19 PM

What's the problem? It is only tax payers' money.



#11 ckn

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:20 PM

If your permanent place of work is 'home' though?

That only works for two years if you're travelling to a "temporary" workplace such as the SFO HQ more than 2 days out of 5, then it becomes a taxable benefit.  This is a common gotcha that HMRC spring on contractors during audits.  The established case law in this is that after two years it's not really "temporary" any longer.  Even then, if this were anyone else then HMRC would probably challenge that "home" wasn't the permanent place of work and that BIK laws should apply from day one.

 

Edit:  And here's the bit of the HMRC tax manual that covers it.


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#12 JohnM

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:45 PM

Three senior staff taking voluntary redundancy were offered severance packages worth £1million without the required approval being sought from the Cabinet Office or the Treasury. Miss Williamson received a total of £464,905, the chief capability officer Christian Bailes was handed £437,167 .... all in the official report.

 

Labour have asked the police to look into it, it seems.


Edited by JohnM, 17 July 2013 - 01:45 PM.


#13 gingerjon

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:58 PM

That only works for two years if you're travelling to a "temporary" workplace such as the SFO HQ more than 2 days out of 5, then it becomes a taxable benefit.  This is a common gotcha that HMRC spring on contractors during audits.  The established case law in this is that after two years it's not really "temporary" any longer.  Even then, if this were anyone else then HMRC would probably challenge that "home" wasn't the permanent place of work and that BIK laws should apply from day one.

 

Edit:  And here's the bit of the HMRC tax manual that covers it.

Ah, okay.

 

*makes note for future embezzling plans*


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#14 Saint Billinge

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:41 PM

see report

 

Phillippa Williamson, the now-former chief executive officer of the Serious Fraud Office, was also given an ‘irregular’ £407,000 pension top-up that did not go through the proper approval process.

 

 

Shameful and greedy, yet no one seems to be taken to task! 






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