HMRC asks for access to the Panama Papers offshore leaks and vows to "relentlessly pursue" wrongdoing – but tax expert Richard Murphy says department "just hasn’t got the resources"
Second perm sec to announce he is leaving the civil service after vying for top Treasury job
"The civil service will miss him" – former chancellor Alistair Darling on working with outgoing Treasury chief Sir Nick Macpherson
As the Treasury's permanent Nick Macpherson this week departs the civil service after more than a decade as the department's most senior official, here's our full conversation with his former boss as chancellor, Alistair Darling – who worked with Macpherson as the Treasury grappled with the 2007-8 global economic crisis
Proposals to make local government financially self-sufficient by 2020 must not be impacted by George Osborne's business-boosting measures, a lobby group has warned
Plans to end local authority reliance on Whitehall gather pace
Chancellor pays tribute to "great public servant" – but SNP MPs jeer reference to "impartiality"
Weaker growth and delayed sales of government assets expected to contribute to missed target
"The obvious efficiency savings have come through in the early period," says former head of the civil service – as chancellor prepares to outline £4bn of further spending cuts
“Acute hospital trusts are at crisis point,” warns PAC chair Meg Hillier
National Audit Office questions government's SME claims – and urges clarity over contract management
Spending watchdog questions the government’s claims on SME spending, and urges departments to make sure that initiatives to improve commercial capability do not undermine attempts to support small companies
"We fully appreciate that we will need to do better in the future," says DfE perm sec Chris Wormald, as switch to new accounting method delays parliamentary scrutiny of his department's finances
Education secretary Nicky Morgan says consultation marks “biggest step towards fairer funding in over a decade”