Nine members of Ed Miliband’s opposition team have received free help from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accountancy giant that helps its clients avoid millions of pounds worth of tax a year.
Richard Murphy, an accountant who has campaigned against the use of tax havens by multinational companies, said that he was aware that PwC’s advice to politicians extended well beyond tax advice.
“This is about helping to formulate party policy, being a sounding board,” he said “The reason MPs do this is they have such small research budgets and they call in PwC to help fill the void. The danger, of course, is that you get party policy heavily influenced by PwC’s agenda.
“I am aware of occasions where PwC has even offered to write amendments to parliamentary bills on a politician’s behalf.”
But why don\’t they use Ritchie instead?
Because Ritchie charges for his reports of course…..