keir starmer cpsThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) merged with the Department for Work and Pensions’ prosecutions division last year and the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has issued new guidelines to prosecutors in England and Wales: people convicted of benefit and tax credit fraud are to face increased prison sentences of up to 10 years.

Vodafone, the mobile phone operator, who is reported to have paid no corporation tax in Britain for two successive years agreed a multimillion pound settlement with HM Revenue & Customs in 2009 and made a £1.25bn deal with HMRC in 2010 to settle a high profile dispute over a Luxembourg subsidiary

HMRC then recruits Vodafone executive

Vodafone cio to HMRCLast month the business press reported that Vodafone UK’s CIO, Mark Dearnley, will step down and take on the role chief digital and information officer at the HM Revenue and Customs (headed by Lin Homer . . .) in October this year., which reports on business and technology in their industry added the cartoon on the right to their report.

One law for the rich, another for the relatively poor – time for change.