Welfare reform – lessons learned

It is important that the DWP use the hard lessons it learned from implementing its recent programme of welfare reforms to improve how it manages change and anticipates risk.

Posted 29 May 2015 in: Press Release | Welfare and benefits
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Whole of Government Accounts 2013-14

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.

Posted 26 March 2015 in: Press Release | Central Finance and Treasury
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Local audit code published by NAO

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

Posted 23 March 2015 in: Press Release | Local services
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Investigation into potential conflicts of interest in the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance

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.

Posted 13 March 2015 in: Press Release | Business and industry
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

The centre of government: an update

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.

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

Investigation into government travel expenditure

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.

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

Reducing costs through ‘Delivering Quality First’

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.

Posted 10 March 2015 in: Press Release | Media and communications
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

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 and armed forces
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.

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