Reforming the UK border and immigration system

The new directorates that replaced the former UKBA have made progress in some areas but not across the whole business.

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

Investigation into grants from the Big Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office to the Big Society Network and the Society Network Foundation

The NAO has today published an investigation of two grants awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and one awarded by the Cabinet Office to three related organisations.

Posted 21 July 2014 in: Press Release | Central Finance and Treasury
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

The 2013-14 savings reported by the Efficiency and Reform Group

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has achieved significant savings but further work should be done to improve the process of gathering and collating evidence.

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

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Rural Payments Agency Accounts 2013-14

Defra’s 2013-14 accounts have not been qualified but the C&AG warns of the likelihood of the European Commission’s imposing significant financial penalties on the department in future.

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

Procuring new trains

Long-standing issues in the rail industry and the scale of the procurements led to the DfT’s decision to lead the procurements itself, despite not having led a major rolling stock procurement before.

Posted 9 July 2014 in: Press Release | Transport and infrastructure
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Oversight of the Private Infrastructure Development Group

Despite providing substantially increased funding for PIDG (up to £700 million by 2015), the Department has not exercised enough oversight to ensure value for money has been achieved.

Posted 4 July 2014 in: Press Release | International affairs
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs 2013-14 accounts

The report covers HMRC’s progress in operating the PAYE service, its implementation of its new Real Time Information service and its performance in tax collection and in reducing error and fraud in personal tax credits.

Posted 3 July 2014 in: Press Release | Tax and duties
Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861

Government grant services

Government has given less attention to grants than to other policy funding mechanisms, despite grant funding being higher in value, making up 41 per cent (£292 billion) of its total expenditure.

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

The Work Programme

After a poor start, the performance of the Work Programme is at similar levels to previous programmes but is less than original forecast. The Department has struggled to improve outcomes for harder-to-help groups. The Programme has the potential to offer value for money if it can achieve the higher rates of performance the Department now expects.

Posted 2 July 2014 in: Press Release | Welfare and benefits
Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861
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