Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Audit - unavailable.

A questioner on Newsnight tonight mentioned that any spending of Public Money is required to be audited, by law. Apparently it's never happened to Parliamentary finances.

Mrs R went off to look at the Audit Commission, to see if she could find the rules. Unfortunately the site is broken, there's a little message that says :-

Internet Services are currently unavailable

Unfortunately all Audit Commission internet services are currently unavailable due to a system outage. We are working on the problem and expect a return to normal service tomorrow morning (Friday 22nd May).

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Mrs Rigby realised that it had probably been swamped by the number of hits. She wonders if any .gov site is run properly - she remembers the disaster that was the launch of the 1901 census online!

If you want to take a look for yourself the Audit Commission is here

Mrs R then wandered off to look at the Treasury site here, but there's no mention of Standard & Poor's statement - "
United Kingdom Revised Outlook To Negative On Deteriorating Public Finances; 'AAA/A-1+' Ratings Affirmed"!

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