Academies and maintained schools: Oversight and intervention

The Department is not able to demonstrate the effectiveness of how it and others intervene in underperforming maintained schools and academies.

Posted 30 October 2014 in: Press Release | Education and skills
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Lessons from major rail infrastructure programmes

This review of five major rail projects highlights lessons the Department for Transport should apply to current and future rail programmes.

Posted 29 October 2014 in: Press Release | Transport and infrastructure
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Managing and removing foreign national offenders

The Home Office has made slower progress than expected in managing foreign national offenders, despite increased resources and tougher powers.

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

Housing Benefit fraud and error

The Department for Work & Pensions should have increased its focus on Housing Benefit fraud and error sooner, and is now facing an escalating problem.

Posted 17 October 2014 in: Press Release | Welfare and benefits
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

NAO consults on draft code of practice for local public audit

The National Audit Office has launched a public consultation on a draft Code of Practice for the audit of local public bodies. This follows the announcement, in August 2010, by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of the Government’s intention to disband the Audit Commission and introduce new audit arrangements for local […] Read more

Posted 19 September 2014 in: Press Release | Local services
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas

There is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need.

• This is NAO’s first report on funding since the 2013 health reforms took effect. Where possible comparisons have been made with funding under the previous system set out in a 2011 NAO report.

Posted 11 September 2014 in: Press Release | Health and social care
Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861

Update on the National Cyber Security Programme

Government continues to make good progress in implementing the Programme. It must, however increase the pace of change in some areas in the face of evolving cyber threats.

Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Out-of-hours GP services in England

Although some areas of the NHS in England are achieving value for money for out-of-hours GP services, this is not the case across the board.

Posted 9 September 2014 in: Press Release | Health and social care
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Transforming government’s contract management

We published two reports today – Following the discovery of widespread and deep-rooted weaknesses in the government’s management of contracts it is starting to improve how it manages its contracts.

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

16- to 18-year-old participation in education and training

Value for money for the £7 billion spent on 16- to 18-year-olds has increased overall, but the Department needs better information on which reforms have proven most effective.

Posted 3 September 2014 in: Press Release | Education and skills
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
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