New Year honours 'reward failure' as civil servants behind Whitehall fiascos are given awards

Civil servants behind some of the year’s biggest controversies have been “rewarded for failure” in the Queen’s New Year honours, critics said, despite Theresa May’s insistence that the system will be reformed.

Mark Lowcock, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development, is knighted despite repeated controversies over the allocation of £12 billion per year in foreign aid.

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