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New A4e Chairman is Chairman of firm gone into liquidation last month

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Perhaps A4e is about to give up? On Friday 9th March 2012, A4e announced that  Sir Robin Urquhart Young will be appointed non-executive chairman of A4e.

It is only the same  Sir Robin Urquhart Young that is chairman of a firm that has recently gone into liquidation (voluntary been wounded up), perhaps he has entered that role for his newly gained experience in that arena?

Resolutions for Winding-up

EAST OF ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL LTD

(Company Number 03340656)

Salisbury House, Salisbury Road, Cambridge CB1 2LA

At a General Meeting of the above-named Company, duly convened, and held at BDO LLP, Clarendon House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge CB2 8FH, on 10 February 2011, the subjoined Special Resolutions were duly passed:

1. That the Company be wound up voluntarily and Christopher Kim Rayment (Office Holder Number 6775) of BDO LLP, 125 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3SD, be and is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purposes of such winding-up.

2. That the Liquidator be and is hereby authorised to distribute all or part of the assets in specie to shareholders in such proportion as they mutually agree.

In the case of any queries, please contact Jonathan Chand on 0121 352 6201, or e-mail Jonathan.Chand@bdo.co.uk

Sir Robin Urquhart Young, Chairman

He is praised on A4e website as:-

Robin enjoyed an extensive career in Whitehall spanning over 30 years and culminating in Permanent Secretary positions in Department for Culture, Media and Sport then Department of Trade and Industry. He left the Civil Service in 2005 to start a new, non-executive career including Bovis Construction Ltd; Dr Foster Ltd; EEI (East of England International) EEI Board; Dr Foster Intelligence Ltd; Euro RSCG Apex Communications Ltd; the East of England Science and Industry Council; the Council of the Institute of Directors and the IOD Board

Little mention that East of England International Ltd, a company he is a director of, and chairman, has filed for liquidation in the last month! They kept that quiet…

What is East of England International Ltd?

East of England International delivered UK Trade & Investment Services to regional businesses wanting to trade internationally. It was previously called:  EAST OF ENGLAND INVESTMENT AGENCY LIMITED.

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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  1. A4e certainly deserves to be wiped from the face of the earth; let’s hope this signifies its death-throes.
    Please could you clever Ipswich people publicise this e petition calling for the end of unlimited mandatory workfare for sick and disabled people:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/30406

    Findlow

    March 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  2. R.U.Y. : “A4e employees I have been appointed as chairman with one purpose in mind and one purpose only. I solemnly promise you that I will do everything in my power to turn this organisation around, no stone shall remain unturned to rescue its reputation and transform it, a Phoenix shall emerge from the flames, the finest, honourable and most revered contractor this government, nay this nation, has ever seen”

    A4e employees: “Really?”

    R.U.Y. : “No I’m winding you up”

    Arbeitsscheu_UK

    March 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    • Damn it took me a good 20 secs to work out what RUY was about LOL

      A4e never had a good reputation. It may not have had such a bad reputation at some point…but they talk about it as if it was praised by so many.

      Work Programme

      March 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  3. Council high earners use ‘tax avoidance scheme’ says MP

    Almost 100 permanent posts at local councils are being filled by people paid through limited companies, the BBC has learned.

    Dozens of high-earners are allowed to make their own tax arrangements rather than be paid through the PAYE system.

    Public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge described the situation as a “tax avoidance scheme, which is totally wrong.”

    The Local Government Association said councils adhere to strict HMRC rules.

    BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme submitted a Freedom of Information request to more than 400 local authorities throughout the UK.

    Several councils said they did not know whether all of their permanent employees were paid via PAYE, but some acknowledged they did employ some staff through limited companies.

    ‘Totally wrong’

    Hackney Council in London had the highest number, with 39 of its permanent staff paid through external companies.

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London said 11 posts were filled in this way and a number of smaller councils had substantial numbers too.

    Craven in North Yorkshire had eight staff paid in this way, while St Edmundsbury in Suffolk and Ashfield in Nottinghamshire each had five.

    Some officials may be paying PAYE through their limited companies but they have the option to pay themselves via dividends, which are taxed at a lower rate. The arrangements also mean they can pay national insurance contributions at a lower rate.

    The new findings follow the recent revelation that Ed Lester, head of the Student Loans Company was paid through a private firm – an arrangement agreed with tax chiefs.

    The chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge said her committee would pursue the issue.

    “This is a tax avoidance scheme which is totally wrong,” she said.

    “Where you are a public servant it’s not right you should be paid in a way that avoids tax.

    “If someone sets up a scheme to avoid paying tax, that is income foregone to the public purse.”

    Ministers are currently preparing to publish the results of a review on how civil servants are paid.
    £900-a-day

    Local Government Association chairman Sir Merrick Cockell said councils adhered to strict tax legislation set out by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and had a responsibility to employ skilled staff in a way that provided good value to residents.

    “During restructuring both private and public sector organisations sometimes meet short-term staffing needs through interim contracts because it provides flexibility and reduces potential costs, including long-term pension liabilities,” he explained.

    In one case investigated by File on 4, the chief executive of a London council’s housing arm was paid more than £900,000 ($1.4m) through his company over a four year period.

    Nick Johnson took up his post with Hammersmith and Fulham Homes Ltd in early 2008 after retiring from Bexley council in south London, where he had been chief executive.

    His £900-a-day fee was paid into his company, Davies Johnson Ltd.

    After opposition councillors raised concerns about the arrangements, the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was asked to report on whether the council risked facing a bill for unpaid tax.

    In a confidential report seen by the BBC, PwC told the council: “Normally the position of chief executive is considered to be an office holder.

    “On that basis there would be a medium-to-high risk that there was a PAYE obligation on Hammersmith and Fulham Homes Ltd.”

    The report went on to say Mr Johnson’s particular duties were such that he might be able to claim his arrangements were lawful – but that the taxman might take a different view.
    HMRC ‘lacks expertise’

    In a statement Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it did not believe Mr Johnson was required to be on its payroll and said a further 10 people were also being paid through private companies.

    “We are confident that Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s procurement and deployment of 11 individuals via personal service companies is effectively controlled and monitored and that the risk of any PAYE/National Insurance contributions non-compliance has been minimised,” it said.

    The council said the HMRC had not raised any concerns about the matter. The HMRC says it does not discuss individual cases.

    This week tax officials will be questioned by MPs about a National Audit Office report which revealed they were failing to meet targets on tax avoidance.

    The “tax gap” between the amount which should be collected and the amount which actually was collected remained the same, at just under 8%.

    Mrs Hodge said she feared HMRC lacked the expertise to keep ahead of clever private sector operators who set up complex tax avoidance schemes.

    “I think they [HMRC] have to be more ambitious, I think they’ve got to work harder, and I think they’ve got to do better at getting that money in.

    “Remember, every pound they don’t get in will be a pound of additional cuts to front line services,” she said.

    Listen to the full report on File on 4 on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, 13 March at 20:00 GMT and Sunday, 18 March at 17:00 GMT. Listen again via the Radio 4 website or download the podcast.

    The BBC

    March 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    • Only the little people pay taxes 🙂 I’ll take my 8.6 million GBP in dividends, thank you very much 🙂

      Emma Harrison's enormous, hairy backside

      March 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

  4. none of you really have a clue biggest criminals, fraud kings are the government and the mps,,plus half of the benefit bums that work and sign on !!!

    liverpool

    March 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    • Liverpool,having worked for the last 31 years on the trot and serving in the forces for 11 years I take offence to your ramblings,what have you contributed?

      mark carreau

      April 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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  7. […] #7 Sir Robin Urquhart Young, in 2002 he was Permanent secretary, Department of Trade and Industry.  He enjoyed an extensive career in Whitehall spanning over 30 years and culminating in Permanent Secretary positions in Department for Culture, Media and Sport then Department of Trade and Industry. He left the Civil Service in 2005 to start a new, non-executive career including Bovis Construction Ltd; Dr Foster Ltd; EEI (East of England International) EEI Board; Dr Foster Intelligence Ltd; Euro RSCG Apex Communications Ltd; the East of England Science and Industry Council; the Council of the Institute of Directors and the IOD Board.  Little mention that East of England International Ltd, a company he is a director of, and chairman,… […]

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