Foreign diplomats owe more than £3M in parking fines and outstanding payments and fines for London's congestion charge, according to the Foreign Office.
The United Arab Emirates was the worst offender for unpaid congestion charge fines, owing £452,650. China owes £880,000 in non-domestic rate bills for services like street cleaning, lighting and fire services, topping a list of 15 non-paying countries.
Employers could be forced to compensate staff that are victims of violent crimes while at work, under Home Office proposals announced this week. The Home Office wants to change the government funded criminal injuries compensation scheme so that employers contribute to compensation.
Most privately financed public buildings are not well designed, according to the government's architecture watchdog. A report by the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment said that they were not good value for money and suggested that contractors were maximising profits by spending as little as possible on design.