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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

In six months' time, it'll be open season for hackers, malware and virus-writers targeting people running Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. The reason is after 8 April, 2014, Microsoft will no longer make the software patches needed to protect these people from the worst of the web. From the biggest to the smallest, nobody is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Oct 2013
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Tax dept staff are HM's biggest e-learners

HMRC staff took more than 615,000 e-learning courses last year... HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is making more use of e-learning than other departments, according to a report by the National Audit Office. The document says the NAO estimates that HMRC spent £96m in 2010-11 developing the skills of its staff. Most training …

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known. But it IS big business – both because of how much is spent, but also because just a few big businesses suck up very large amounts of …
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013
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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

The Metropolitan Police are bypassing Windows 7 and going straight to Windows 8 as they ditch Windows XP from nearly 40,000 PCs. But the force will not have finished the move before April’s end-of-support deadline from Microsoft. Rather, the Met has agreed a custom support agreement with Microsoft to keep Windows XP machines …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014
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Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

Surrey-based storage player Glasshouse Technologies has been slapped with a winding-up petition over unpaid debts from the tax bulldogs at HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC used to issue these orders like they were going out of fashion because it was first in the queue as a preferential creditor if a business went under as a result …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Whitehall and Microsoft have struck a deal providing emergency cover to tens of thousands of government PCs still running Windows XP after next week’s support cutoff for the ageing OS. A one-year deal, revealed first by The Register, will see Microsoft release security patches to Windows XP users in the public sector until April …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2014

Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

The new National Crime Agency has caged its first criminal - a crook who netted hundreds of thousands of pounds using a phishing scam. Olukunle Babatunde, 27, of Croydon, South East London, was sent down for five years and six months at Inner London Crown Court after admitting swindling £751,229 from more than 700 online banking …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013
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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

The UK Border Force relies on a 20 year old IT system which is on the verge of collapse to secure Britain's borders, a government report has revealed. The warning is contained in a report imaginatively called "The Border Force: securing the border" produced by the Public Accounts Committee. It found that private jets were being …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Dec 2013

Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

You might think, what with gift buying out of the way, the hard work of the holiday season is largely done. Not so. Before you reach for the wrapping paper and sticky tape, there’s a fair bit more you can do to ensure a trouble- and tantrum-free Christmas Day. Batteries not included If you’ve been buying gadgets, don’t forget …
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Dec 2013

Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

Tax avoidance rather than executive pay is at the top of the UK public's concerns about business behaviour for the first time. Concerns about potential tax avoidance have topped those about executive pay for the first time in six years, according to the 10th annual survey of the British public's attitudes about business ethics …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Dec 2013
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Customs gets new IT head

Customs and Excise is getting a new IT chief fresh from industry. Steve Lamey, former head of IT at BG, will take up the reins at the soon-to-be-formed HM Revenue and Customs department. David Varney, executive chairman of HMRC, said : "IT will play a critical role in our ability to build an efficient new department and improve …
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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David Cameron asks UK biz to pay their low, low taxes

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told a quarterly meeting of the government's business advisory group that in return for lower taxes, companies should really pay the tax they do owe, while business leaders have accused the government of "political point-scoring". A government source whispered to Reuters that Cameron had told …
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Customs and tax merger to cost £75m

Merging Customs and Excise with the Inland Revenue will cost at least £75m, Her Majesty's Treasury announced yesterday. Most of the cost will be due to integrating the two department's IT systems. The Treasury's Regulatory Impact Assessment (pdf) warns that the full cost could rise higher, if there are areas where the …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Nov 2004
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Greek journo who published list of Swiss bank account holders cleared

A Greek journalist who published the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders has been cleared of privacy violations. Kostas Vaxevanis, 46, was found not guilty of breaking data privacy laws for publishing the details of 2,059 Greeks reckoned to have bank accounts in Switzerland in Hot Doc, the weekly magazine he edits. Tax evasion …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2012
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HMRC strops its chopper, eyes £235m IT slash plan

HM Revenue and Customs is aiming to save £235m from changes to IT services as part of plans to cut its running costs by some 25 per cent over the next four years, says a report by the National Audit Office. The document, "Reducing Costs in HM Revenue and Customs", says the department's annual running costs in 2010-11 were £3.6bn …
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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

A suppressed report from "Britain's FBI" has revealed that the rich, insurance companies, law firms and telecoms companies hired private investigators to run unlawful hacking and blagging campaigns of the type that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to The Independent. The newspaper reports that the UK's …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

In one year’s time, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom. They will vote yes or no for numerous reasons … and the viability of Scotland’s government IT is not likely to be one of the most prominent. But the problems a newly-independent Scotland would have extracting its state-sector tech from …
SA Mathieson, 18 Sep 2013
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Judge slates Customs in £120m VAT fraud case

HM Revenue and Customs insisted today that it would press on with its attempts to crack down on VAT fraud after a judge’s withering criticism of its handling of one prosecution. Five Manchester-based businessmen accused of a £120m VAT fraud centring on imported mobile phones were freed last month, after Mr Justice Crane stayed …
Joe Fay, 24 Jun 2005

UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its focus on international businesses it suspects of using profit shifting techniques to avoid taxes in the UK, according to figures obtained by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com. A freedom of information (FOI) request made by the firm showed that the department's large …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Jan 2013
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UK Customs denies pressing banks to pull out of mobile sector

"We have chosen to end the banking relationship between your company and HSBC." With these words, over 150 mobile phone dealers in the UK have suddenly found themselves treated as money-launderers - and HM Revenue and Customs is said to be behind it. Some dealers say the Revenue is instructing banks to dump its mobile customers …
Guy Kewney, 07 Dec 2005
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HMRC snatches back £200m in Aspire outsource rejig

HM Revenue and Customs will save more than £200m by 2017 after renegotiating its Aspire outsourcing contract with Capgemini, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. The Aspire deal covers IT services including desktops, laptops and a number of tax and credit systems such as online VAT filing. The contract, which is …

Big biz 'struggling' to dump Windows XP

Windows 7 is running in just 20 per cent of large enterprises with the most difficult migrations yet to come. That’s according to web browser specialist Browsium, which said 80 per cent of big companies - those with 10,000 or more PCs - are still clinging to Windows XP even though support for it is due to end in two years. But …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2012
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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

One of the first things Britain's home secretary Theresa May did on taking office was to abolish the previous government’s identity cards scheme. But while she made ID cards history, she is in the process of extending Britain’s range of identity document checks. The "sample" UK ID card from the previous government's 2008 effort …
SA Mathieson, 06 Nov 2013
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Darling admits Revenue loss of 25 million personal records

Alistair Darling told the House of Commons this afternoon that a police investigation has been launched into how Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has lost child benefit records relating to 25 million people. Records for 25 million people, relating to child benefit payments for 7.25 million families, were sent using the HMRC's …
John Oates, 20 Nov 2007
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UK.gov uses Experian data to sniff out fraudsters

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have signed a deal with credit reference agency Experian to use its data to detect fraud and error in the tax credits and benefits systems. They said that a recent pilot protected more than £16m of potential losses in tax credits, and that the move …
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MPs blast dole-office-online plans

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to get 80 per cent of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants transacting online by September 2013, but has no clear plan of how to achieve this, says the public accounts committee. In its report titled Reducing Costs in the Department for Work and Pensions (40-page/364KB PDF), the …
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Fujitsu strike to hit back-office across UK.gov

Delays in the delivery of driving licences and tax returns could result from a threatened strike by 1,000 of Fujitsu's 10,000 British workers. UK employees of the Japanese multinational will take part in the 24-hour strike starting at midnight on 19 September, after they rejected a pay offer from their Fujitsu bosses. Daily …
Anna Leach, 09 Sep 2011
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Capgemini signs MoU with Cabinet Office

A second major vendor has announced what it calls an "outstanding new agreement" with the government. Further to discussions with Cabinet Office minister and chair of the Efficiency and Reform Group Francis Maude about cost cutting, the company announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It said on 13 September …
Kable, 15 Sep 2010
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HMRC excise tracking to go online

HM Revenue and Customs is to switch from paper to a new online Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) in January. The department said the new system has been designed to reduce excise fraud. Before the paper system is halted on the 31 December, traders will be able to try out dispatching goods on EMCS. To use it, traders …
Kable, 24 Nov 2010

Whitehall hopes to shave 'conservative' £100m off PC bill

The government expects to cut at least £100m off its annual personal computing bill under an HMRC led standardisation program. The savings are expected in procurement, services and management, as departments eliminate waste, duplication and overspend, HM Revenue and Customs' Nigel Green told the Government ICT Conference in …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Feb 2012
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Software suppliers not ready for HMRC online tax filing system

The filing of corporate tax online is set to become mandatory in the UK in April this year, despite questions being raised about the implementation of the software underpinning the government's shift to the web. The Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language (iXBRL) has been coded into products by over 30 commercial suppliers …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2011
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HMRC issues CD-rom alert to employers

HM Revenue and Customs has warned employers who use its Employer CD-rom to update it immediately to avoid miscalculations. The department said it is important for employers to carry out the free update as it will ensure that they have the most recent guidance and calculators. "I encourage all employers who use our CD-rom to …
Kable, 02 Sep 2010
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IT delays cost HMRC £33m

The National Audit Office (NAO) says that delays to a single tax and pensions system cost HM Revenue and Customs £33m in procurement costs. In a report (pdf) published on 20 July 2010, the accounting watchdog says that difficulties with the National Insurance and PAYE Service system led to it being deferred twice before it was …
Kable, 21 Jul 2010
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Government needs to bring IT skills in-house

A parliamentary committee heard yesterday that government relies too much on outsourcing and needs better in-house IT skills. Parliament's public administration committee was told that the failure of many UK government technology projects is partly due to being tied into large outsourcing deals with a small group of suppliers. …
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Whitehall fraud pilots save £12m

The Cabinet Office says data-matching has helped its anti-fraud initiatives to stem huge losses from government funds. The government has said that three pilot projects aimed at tackling the £21bn lost each year through fraud and error have delivered £12m worth of savings in their first few months. According to an interim …
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Cabinet Office shakes up PSN

The Cabinet Office has created a new governance regime for the Public Sector Network (PSN) as the next step in its development. Work on various elements of the PSN, which is being developed as a 'network of networks' from existing commercial infrastructure to promote collaborative working, will be distributed among the major …
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First data fines on the way, says ICO

The information commissioner will announce the first organisations to be fined for failing to protect data later this month. Christopher Graham said that the fines of up to £500,000 "give the ICO the teeth that many people in the past said it lacked". The ICO gained the ability to issue such penalties on 6 April, along with …
Kable, 04 Nov 2010
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Tax department targets IT downtime

HM Revenue and Customs is stepping up efforts to cut the down time of its IT systems. The department's latest performance report says that improvements in IT availability this year should provide 32,000 extra business hours. The figure is based on a predicted improvement of 2% on the hours lost due to IT not working in 2008-09 …
Kable, 11 Jan 2010
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HMRC spent £765m through Aspire last year

HM Revenue and Customs spent 44 per cent of its 2009-10 supplier budget through its IT outsourcing deal led by Capgemini. New figures released to Kable by the tax-collection agency through Freedom of Information show that its spending was dominated by two outsourced deals – Aspire for IT and Mapeley Steps. Mapeley Steps is a PFI …
Kable, 09 Nov 2010
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Cocaine-smuggling golfer fails 'what's your handicap' test

A 23-year-old Sussex woman's cunning plan to smuggle cocaine into the UK concealed in the shafts of golf clubs fell apart, when she mistook suspicious customs officials' quizzing about her handicap for a request for information as to whether or not she was disabled. According to the Sun, Kayti Ella Dryer from Lewes jetted in to …
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2009
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DWP will make feuding parents pay

The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that estranged parents using its statutory service for child maintenance will be subject to charges. The plan is included in a consultation document on the future of the system, which outlines the priorities for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission as it replaces the …
Kable, 17 Jan 2011
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Lords cut Irish travel from e-Borders

The e-Borders programme suffered a setback after the government dropped plans to introduce immigration controls between UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. The £1.2bn e-Borders programme aims to introduce electronic checks on all travellers entering and leaving the UK by March 2014. However, after accepting House of Lords …
Kable, 16 Jul 2009
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The cheapest calling plan of all: Friends and Family on the company phone

British workers are spending around £400m a year on personal calls using company mobile phones, according to research from Aurora Kendrick James (AJK). Employers who mistakenly claw back VAT on personal calls could land themselves in hot water with HM Revenue and Customs. So says AJK, of Chatham Kent, which, you will be …
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2007
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NAO tells HMRC: Pick up, dammit

The National Audit Office has told HM Revenue and Customs it has to make more improvements to its telephone services. Its new report on the department's performance points to the need to encourage people to call outside of peak hours and to make more use of the department's website. HM Revenue and Customs: Handling telephone …
Kable, 15 Jan 2010
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DWP's Harley tops government CIO pay list

Nine government IT managers earn more than the prime minister, according to information released by the BBC. Joe Harley, IT director general and chief information officer (CIO) for the Department for Work and Pensions, and John Suffolk, Cabinet Office CIO, have average salaries of £262,500 and £207,499 respectively. They are …
Kable, 23 Sep 2010
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Buying Solutions signs £6bn framework deal

The Treasury agency Buying Solutions has said that a pan-government framework arrangement with 20 suppliers could be worth £6bn. The deal, announced on 25 March 2010, will deliver desktop hardware, IT hardware infrastructure, software and associated services to Whitehall departments, their agencies, local authorities and the NHS …
Kable, 29 Mar 2010
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Public sector cloud looms, but who wants it?

It appeared to fall off the radar for a while, but the plan for the G Cloud has gone back to the top of the government's IT agenda. The intention to create a formal framework for the public sector procure cloud computing services was first floated in the Journey to Digital government paper in April 2009, remained prominent for a …
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NHS is top sector for data losses

The NHS has reported 305 data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) since November 2007. The figure for the NHS compares to 288 for the private sector, 132 for local government and 18 for central government. "It could be because of reporting differences or the NHS could be more prone to data breaches because …
Kable, 01 Jun 2010
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HMRC fraud warning emails baited by phishers

UK taxpayers were targeted by a tax fraud scam mail run late last week. Fraudulent emails (sample extract below) tried to scare recipients into handing over confidential details to a bogus website in response to supposed allegations that the prospective mark was hiding some of their income. Tax Type: INCOME TAX Issue: …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2010
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HMRC appoints 37 data guardians

HM Revenue and Customs has appointed 37 staff to protect information, since it lost personal records on 25 million people last November. Each of HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) business units has appointed a data guardian "to strengthen the management of the department's data assets", according to a parliamentary written answer …
Kablenet, 29 Feb 2008