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MPs accuse spads of ‘running shop’ in Covid funding decisions

Public accounts committee points to ‘unusual’ meeting where special advisers altered civil servants’ decisions

Questions over checks and balances in government have been raised after political special advisers (spads) were accused of “running the shop” in a meeting with civil servants about handing out emergency pandemic funds to charities.

MPs raised concerns about the process run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to decide how much money from a £750m pot should be given to other departments to allocate to voluntary and community organisations last April.

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