The National Audit Office has today published a report on the role of prescribed persons in whistleblowing.
The Ministry of Defence must spend more efficiently on military equipment, according to a new rep
The National Audit Office has today published a report on the role of prescribed persons in whistleblowing.
Progress has been made in improving the affordability of the Ministry of Defence’s equipment plan. However, improving the performance of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) remains the most challenging element in the Department’s strategy for reforming defence acquisition, according to the National Audit Office.
An examination by the National Audit Office of inspectorates in the home affairs and justice sector has underlined the vital role played by inspection, providing departments, Parliament and the public with the means of scrutinizing performance and showing where it can be improved. The report also, however, identifies inconsistency in the extent to which inspectorates are independent of government and in their reporting arrangements, which can limit their impact.
The Government has not met its central goal of moving people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour out of hospital by 1 June 2014, because it underestimated the complexity and level of challenge in meeting the commitments in its action plan.
The National Audit Office is calling on the Treasury to be rigorous and objective in assessing whether government guarantees for new UK infrastructure projects are genuinely needed and the projects are likely to bring significant public value.
The Department for International Development met, for the calendar year 2013, the government target to spend 0.7% of the UK’s annual gross national income on overseas aid, according to a report from the National Audit Office.
The Department of Health, its arms length bodies and the NHS have made progress in improving cancer services since 2010, according to the National Audit Office. However, significant variations in outcomes and access to services persist across England, indicating that there is considerable scope for further improvement.
The National Audit Office has today published the findings from its investigation into the arrangements for oversight and funding of alternative higher education providers. The report examines in particular concerns relating to the financial support provided to students attending some of these providers.
The Department for Education cannot demonstrate that it is meeting its objectives for children in foster and residential care. The long-term consequences of such children not getting the right care are poorer outcomes for them and increased costs to local authorities and taxpayers.
The National Audit Office recognizes that a government programme to integrate local health and social care services to improve care in the community and lessen pressures on health services is an innovative idea.
The financial position of the NHS has worsened since 2012-13, with growing financial stress in NHS trusts and foundation trusts. According to the National Audit Office, these trends are not sustainable.
In the face of increasing flood risk in England and pressure on defences, the Environment Agency has improved the cost effectiveness and prioritization of its flood risk spending.
The Department for International Development is the main funder of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multilateral organization that invests in infrastructure projects in developing countries.
The Department for Education has not demonstrated the effectiveness of the different interventions it and others make in underperforming maintained schools and academies, despite investing at least £382 million annually, according to the National Audit Office.
A National Audit Office review today of five major rail projects* sponsored by the Department for Transport since 1998 highlights 11 lessons it should apply to its current and future rail programmes.
Despite increased resources and tougher powers, the Home Office has made slower progress than expected in managing foreign national offenders (FNOs) in the UK and in removing them to their home countries.
The Department for Work & Pensions should have increased its focus on Housing Benefit fraud and error sooner, according to a report from the National Audit Office.
The National Audit Office has launched a public consultation on a draft Code of Practice for the audit of local public bodies.
Prioritising the financial stability of local health economies has resulted in the Department of Health and NHS England making very slow progress towards allocating local commissioners of healthcare their fair share of funding, according to the National Audit Office.
The National Audit Office has today published an update for the Committee of Public Accounts on the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.
Although some parts of the NHS in England are achieving value for money for their spending on out-of-hours GP services, this is not the case across the board, according to the National Audit Office.
The major spending departments, together with the Cabinet Office and Treasury, have recognized the scale of the problem they face in managing their annual £40 billion of contracts with the private sector and have responded with significant improvement programmes.
The overall value for money of the £7 billion spent each year on 16- to 18-year-old learning has increased.
HM Revenue & Customs has had limited success so far in reforming its Aspire contract with Capgemini, according to the National Audit Office.
The two new Home Office directorates that have replaced the former UK Border Agency have had no significant performance falls during or after the split of the Agency. Improvements have been made in some areas, but not across the whole business.
The National Audit Office has today published an investigation of two grants awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and one awarded by the Cabinet Office to three related organizations.
The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has achieved significant savings for the taxpayer and is continuing to make improvements to the way it calculates savings. But, according to the National Audit Office, there remain a few important areas where further work should be done to improve the process of gathering and collating evidence.
Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has for the first time since 2007-08 provided a clear audit opinion on the accounts of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
The Department for Transport signed contracts for two large procurements of rolling stock – for Thameslink and Intercity Express – in line with broad objectives.
Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has today issued a report on the 2013-14 accounts of HM Revenue & Customs.
After a poor start, the performance of the Work Programme is at similar levels to previous programmes, according to a report today by the National Audit Office.
The National Audit Office is not convinced that the Government sufficiently protected consumers’ interests by awarding without competition £16.6 billion worth of early contracts to eight renewable generation projects at risk of investment delay.
The Comptroller and Auditor General, Amyas Morse, has qualified his audit opinion on the accounts of the Department for Work and Pensions owing to the material level of fraud and error in benefit expenditure, other than State Pension where the level of fraud and error is lower.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has increased local authorities’ flexibility over their funding since 2010, but as a result has less information on how funds are being spent, according to the National Audit Office.
The Department for Work and Pensions has successfully introduced the first phase of the Child Maintenance 2012 scheme, according to the National Audit Office.
The National Audit Office has today published a report on oversight of three local authority PFI waste contracts by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The decision by the MOD to implement Army 2020, its programme to reduce the size of the regular Army and increase the number of trained Army reserves, was taken without appropriate testing of feasibility, according to the National Audit Office.
The Treasury is continuing to make improvements to the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA), which shows in a single document the overall financial position of the UK public sector.
The National Audit Office has today published a briefing reviewing the Government’s progress on the Programme under which energy suppliers must, by 2020, replace 53 million meters in homes and small businesses with smart electricity and gas meters.
Remploy, the provider of employment and services for disabled people, and the Department for Work & Pensions completed the disposal of Remploy factories within a tight timetable and below budget, according to a report today from the National Audit Office.
Full report: Department for Education and Education Funding Agency financial statements for 2012-13
A National Audit Office review today examines whether current reforms of the criminal justice system are addressing the issues identified by the spending watchdog in past studies on, for example, the prison estate, police technology, bought-in services and financial management.
Help to Buy equity loans are making homes more affordable to buyers and improving access to mortgage finance, but the cost to the taxpayer, in present value terms, is uncertain at this stage and the DCLG cannot yet robustly quantify the economic benefits. The National Audit Office cannot say at this stage, therefore, whether the scheme will provide value for money.
The Department for Work and Pensions introduced Personal Independence Payment as planned in a small number of areas from April 2013. Since then backlogs have developed in the assessment process, leading to delays and uncertainty for claimants, according to today’s National Audit Office report.
The health sector regulator Monitor has achieved value for money in regulating NHS foundation trusts, and has generally been effective in helping trusts in difficulty to improve, according to the National Audit Office.
Full report: Progress report on the Regional Growth Fund
The National Audit Office has found that there is no integrated approach for managing debt across government. The Cabinet Office has raised awareness of the issue across government and HM Treasury has agreed new financial incentives for departments, but the centre of government has not yet fully got to grips with debt management, and the Cabinet Office and Treasury need to work together better.
The National Audit Office has published today its examination of the Ministry of Defence’s annual statement, covering the next ten years, on the affordability of its plans for equipment required by the Armed Forces.
Poor forecasting by government departments is an entrenched problem, leading to poor value for money and increased costs for the taxpayer, according to a report today by the National Audit Office.
Taxpayers’ interest in the Crossrail programme has so far been well protected, according to the National Audit Office. If progress in providing the new rail service for London and the South-East can be maintained and risks managed, then the programme is on course to achieve value for money.
The National Audit Office has highlighted the increasing challenge to the NHS of sustaining the 18-week waiting time standard for elective care and the importance for trusts of having reliable performance information and shared good practice. Today’s report to Parliament concludes that value for money is being undermined by the problems with the completeness, consistency and accuracy of patient waiting time data; and by inconsistencies in the way that patient referrals to hospitals are managed.
Today's report from the National Audit Office has identified a number of gaps in the Home Office's policing oversight framework, which could limit the public's ability to hold elected police and crime commissioners to account. However, even though it has been in place for only a year, the new framework has the potential to be an improvement on the system it has replaced.
The National Audit Office has reported that the transition to the reformed health system was successfully implemented in that the new organisations were ready to start functioning on 1 April 2013, although not all were operating as intended. Some parts of the system were less ready than others, and much remains to be done to complete the transition.
The latest National Audit Office (NAO) report examines mobile technology in policing and has criticised the programme for failing to deliver value for money.