Labour Announces Anti-Corruption Commissioner to Combat Covid Fraud and Waste

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In an upcoming initiative aimed at curbing the massive magnitudes of fraud and waste transpired during the devastating Covid pandemic, the Labour government has declared its intent to create an anti-corruption commissioner. The endeavor is aimed at retrieving the billions of pounds lost, as articulated in an announcement by the party.

The plan is set to be detailed by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves during her address to Labour’s conference on Monday. She is predicted to place the taxpayer cost resulting from Covid fraud at a substantial £7.2bn.

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Furthermore, an urgent commitment to expedite the planning process for critical infrastructure will be pledged by Ms. Reeves, contingent upon a Labour victory.

The Labour management is also predicted to face a heated dispute with Unite, the party’s historically most significant financial backer. The contention arises over the union’s advocacy for nationalisation of critical infrastructures, beginning with the privatised electricity and gas networks.

Implicated in the predicament are Rachel Reeves and Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s leader, who are against Unite’s policy. This policy will be subjected on Monday evening to a delegate vote, determining if the party should adopt it.

Labour’s plan to retrieve money lost to fraud and waste during the pandemic embodies a conglomerate comprising HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office, and the National Crime Agency.

Ms. Reeves intends to convey to the conference in Liverpool that a negligible 2% of the fraudulent Covid grants, all sanctioned by Rishi Sunak, have been reclaimed.

Casting promises, Ms. Reeves vows to assign a Covid corruption commissioner armed with full prerogatives to prosecute cases and retrieve every penny of the taxpayers’ money lost to the pandemic.

The value extracted, she emphasises, rightfully belongs to vital entities like the NHS, schools and the police department. She will affirm that Labour intends to restore this money to these sectors.

Vowing to respect taxpayers’ money during her tenure as Chancellor, Ms. Reeves also expressed her commitment towards reviewing sentencing measures for fraud offenses against public services.

In view of infrastructure, the shadow chancellor will express in her address, Labour’s commitment to refurbish the outdated planning system and to promote building schemes in Britain.

Ms. Reeves will stress that decision making for major projects has expanded by two-thirds since 2012, now spanning four years. She will argue that reviving the stagnant economy could be made possible through her promised “once-in-a-generation” infrastructural revisions.

These amendments reportedly encompass updating all national policy statements and specifying requisite project types in the first six months of Labour assuming office.

Labour professes it will ensure speedy approval of planning applications for battery factories, labs, and 5G infrastructure, while also planning to appoint 300 new planning officers.

National guidance for developers will be established to address time-consuming legal trials while offering a range of incentives like cheaper energy bills to encourage local communities to usher in clean energy projects.

The policies were well-received by the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Shevaun Haviland, highlighting its importance for economic growth. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and FSB National Chair Martin McTague also commended Ms. Reeves’ proposals, lauding them as “clear, grown-up policy”. The plans were also seen as beneficial to small housebuilders and businesses in facilitating rapid project deliveries.