HM Treasury is improving the content of the Whole of Government Accounts, which shows the overall financial position of the UK public sector, and the document has been produced faster than ever.
Following Parliament’s approval, the National Audit Office has today published the Code of Audit Practice for the audit of local public bodies. The National Audit Office has also published a guide setting out public rights to inspect and raise objections to council accounts. The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 provided for the abolition of […] Read more
This report examines the arrangements for disabled students at Plymouth University whose support requirements were assessed by an assessment centre based on the University’s main campus.
The update looks at how the centre of government’s role has evolved in response to austerity, examines recent developments such as how the leadership of functions and professions has been brought together under the new Chief Executive of the Civil Service.
The centre of government has little oversight of official travel, leaving this role to departments, although it does seek to manage the price of travel.
The BBC’s cost reduction programme has so far delivered value for money. However, the need to make further savings from productivity improvements will involve more challenging and potentially disruptive changes to structures and ways of working.
The wider government needs to do more to understand the experience of whistleblowers and to act where whistleblowers suffer detriment.
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.
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.
HMRC has made good progress towards maximising revenue and making cost savings but also needs to do much more to improve its customer service.