The role of prescribed persons

The wider government needs to do more to understand the experience of whistleblowers and to act where whistleblowers suffer detriment.

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Reforming defence acquisition

MOD has made good progress stabilising the equipment programme but needs to set out how a bespoke trading entity will transform Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) into the leading defence acquisition organisation by 2017.

Posted 26 February 2015 in: Press Release | Defence
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Inspection: A comparative study

The NAO acknowledges the vital role played by inspectorates but identifies inconsistency in the extent to which they are independent of government and in their reporting arrangements, which can limit their impact.

Posted 13 February 2015 in: Press Release | Public order, justice and rights
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Increasing the effectiveness of tax collection: a stocktake of progress since 2010

HMRC has made good progress towards maximising revenue and making cost savings but also needs to do much more to improve its customer service.

Posted 6 February 2015 in: Press Release | Central Finance and Treasury
Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861

Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

The Government did not meet its goal of transferring by 1 June 2014 all people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, for whom it was appropriate, from mental hospitals into the community.

Posted 4 February 2015 in: Press Release | Health and social care
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

2013-14 Accounts of the Office for Legal Complaints

The C&AG has qualified his opinion on the 2013-14 Accounts of the Office for Legal Complaints. This is in part owing to expenses paid to its Chief Executive, the former Accounting Officer of the body, which were not retrospectively approved by the Ministry of Justice.

Posted 29 January 2015 in: Press Release | Audit of Financial Statements
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

UK Guarantees scheme for infrastructure

Under the Scheme, the Treasury guarantees that lenders to infrastructure projects will be repaid in full and on time, irrespective of project performance. The NAO is calling for the Treasury to be rigorous and objective in assessing whether the guarantees, which transfer risk to the public sector, are genuinely needed.

Posted 28 January 2015 in: Press Release | Central Finance and Treasury
Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861

Conflicts of interest

This report outlines the importance of recognising and adequately managing conflicts of interest.

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Follow-up on the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has made early progress in addressing NAO and Public Accounts Committee recommendations, but significant challenges remain.

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Managing the BBC’s estate

The BBC has made good progress in rationalising and upgrading its estate. But value for money in the short to medium term will depend crucially on the BBC’s making better use of its estate.

Posted 21 January 2015 in: Press Release | Culture, Media and Leisure
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
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