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

Managing and replacing the Aspire contract

There are serious risks to HMRC’s business if the programme to replace the Aspire contract fails to meet its objectives by June 2017, when the contract ends.

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

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
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