The Treasury and the Cabinet Office should do their best to come up with the best possible management plan on the £22bn owed to the government. About £15bn is owed to HMRC or HM Revenue and Customs. The remainder amount goes to the Department for Work and Pensions as the Ministry of Justice. The committee gave a warning that if the outstanding debt is not minimized, then it could have a direct impact leading to higher government borrowing. The debt ranges from taxes, unpaid fines, and overpaid tax credits.
The Treasury and Cabinet Office said that they are developing strategies to efficiently manage the debt, but the government is very much concerned that it has taken so long to see improvement in debt collection. The authorities have considered the effectiveness of hiring debt collectors. The department that has owed money should act like intelligent customers of the debt collection agencies. They should do their best to collect better data in order to use the resources to the fullest. To improve debt management, the Cabinet Office should be able to set a target to every government ministry so as to efficiently manage debt collection.