Governments Must Be Accountable for Taxation’s Outputs

Ed Balls | October 3, 2016 |

Sound principles must guide governments in the process of taxation, says Ed Balls, Former UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. When citizens pay taxes, governments must not only be accountable, but also publically clear on the outputs. As Mr. Balls says, “The link between what you pay in as a citizen and what you get out as a citizen is fundamental to trust and to delivery, and that is what accounting is all about—making sure we match the money we get and the spending we make.” 


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Ed Balls

Former UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer & Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Ed Balls is a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Normanton from 2005 to 2010 and for Morley and Outwood from 2010 to 2015. Ed was Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury (1997–2004), Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2006–07) and served as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in Gordon Brown's Government from 2007 to 2010. He is the former UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and a Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He was appointed chairman of Norwich City F.C. in December 2015. See more by Ed Balls


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