Scheduled Report details
Early 2014

Information in government

This study will look at the extent to which good use of information is embedded in decision making, as well as the culture around the collection and use of information in government. Email above personnel using our contact form selecting Cross-government and public administration as the topic, marking it for their attention in the subject […] Read more

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Spring 2014

DEFRA’s oversight of PFI waste projects

The NAO is carrying out an investigation looking specifically at three PFI waste incinerator projects to gain insight into the role of Defra in promoting value for money in such projects. Under its Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme, the Department has allocated £3.5bn in grants to 28 local authorities for waste infrastructure projects. The three projects the NAO […] Read more

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Spring 2014

An assessment of government grant making services

In 2011-12, central government provided over £60bn in grant funding to organisations outside of government to support a wide range of policies and objectives in different sectors of the economy. In this study, we will establish the landscape of government grant making and evaluate the effectiveness of the decision-making processes within departments and their bodies. […] Read more

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Spring 2014

Army 2020

In July 2012, the Ministry of Defence announced plans for a major restructuring of the British Army, known as Army 2020. This restructuring requires a reduction of 20,000 in the number of regular army personnel and an increase to 30,000 in the number of trained army reservists. The uncertain security environment also means that the […] Read more

Posted 27 November 2013 in: Work in Progress | Defence
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Spring 2014

Maintenance for strategic infrastructure

As a result of the 2010 Spending Review, significant budget cuts have been made to maintenance of the road network. We will examine whether the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency have delivered their planned savings of around £1.2 billion in respect of national and local road maintenance. In addition, we will scrutinise the […] Read more

Posted 1 August 2013 in: Work in Progress | Transport and infrastructure
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

HMRC’s outsourced ICT contract (Aspire)

This study will consider the value achieved through HMRC’s contract with Cap Gemini and a wide range of sub-contracted ICT suppliers.  The contract is now in its tenth year and has a further three years to run. As well as considering performance achieved to date under the contract, the study will consider the likelihood of […] Read more

Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Health and wellbeing boards

In April 2014, the 151 local health and wellbeing boards, established in April 2013, will submit final plans setting out how they will spend the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund from April 2015. We will examine how well placed boards are to make the most of the Better Care Fund to encourage integration of health […] Read more

Posted 21 March 2014 in: Work in Progress | Health and social care
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Child maintenance 2012 scheme: Early Progress

The National Audit Office is looking at the early progress of the Child Maintenance 2012 scheme. This study will consider: the progress of the Department in Phase One of the 2012 scheme; and how the Department has managed risks for Phase Two.

Posted 15 April 2014 in: Work in Progress | Welfare and benefits
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Assurance to Parliament on local government funding

In the 2010 Spending Review, the Government announced its intention to devolve greater financial decision-making responsibility to local authorities by removing spending restrictions (“ringfences”) on the majority of the grants it pays to them. Increasingly, government departments have rolled local government grants into a smaller number of large payments, and removed the conditions that specified […] Read more

Posted 11 March 2014 in: Work in Progress | Local services
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

The UK’s Cyber Security Strategy

In February 2013, the National Audit Office published a landscape review of the UK Cyber Security Strategy, setting out the Government’s plans to implement the National Cyber Security Programme with £860m of funding until 2015-16. Following this review and the Public Accounts Committee’s subsequent evidence session, the Committee asked the NAO to provide an update […] Read more

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is increasingly focusing on boosting growth to fight poverty, through closer working with the private sector.  One of the key elements of the Department’s strategy is its support for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multilateral body which seeks to mobilise private sector investment in infrastructure projects that foster […] Read more

Posted 18 November 2013 in: Work in Progress | International affairs
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Contract management in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice

Against the background of difficulties with a number of contracts for outsourced services (such as for asylum seeker accommodation, interpreter services in courts and the electronic tagging of offenders) this study will examine the progress made by both departments in strengthening their ability to manage the work of providers.  The study is being conducted in parallel […] Read more

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Increasing participation in 16-18 education and training

There are almost two million 16 to 18 year olds in England. However, at the end of 2012, 9.6 per cent of 16 to 18 year olds were NEET (not in education, training or employment). The Government is committed to raising the statutory participation age to 18 by 2015.  It is increasing the number of […] Read more

Posted 10 January 2014 in: Work in Progress | Education and skills
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Department for Transport: Getting value for money from PFI equipment contracts

The Department for Transport is using PFI to finance new trains for the Thameslink and Intercity Express Programmes. The PFI contracts to design, build, finance and maintain the trains are together worth in the region of £11 billion. We will examine whether the Department for Transport is well placed to deliver VFM from the two […] Read more

Posted 3 October 2013 in: Work in Progress | Transport and infrastructure
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Out-of-hours GP services

Out-of-hours GP services provide primary care when surgeries are closed.  The introduction of the General Medical Services contract in 2004 allowed GPs to opt out of organizing out-of-hours services, with most choosing to do so. Primary care trusts (PCTs) then became responsible for organising out-of-hours services. With the dissolution of PCTs in April 2013, however, […] Read more

Posted 25 March 2014 in: Work in Progress | Health and social care
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Summer 2014

Progress in reforming the former UK Border Agency

In March 2013, the Home Secretary announced the abolition of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the creation of two directorates covering its functions – UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and Immigration Enforcement (IE) – to sit within the Home Office. This study follows up on progress since our 2012 report on the UKBA , focusing on […] Read more

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

Hinkley Point C is due to be the first nuclear power plant built in the United Kingdom since Sizewell B, which was completed in 1995. The UK government has agreed the key commercial terms for a deal with EDF Group, the project promoters, including the price that it will receive for the power generated by […] Read more

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

The BBC’s estate

In 2011-12, the BBC spent £187 million on its property portfolio. The BBC expects to deliver significant savings in future years as part of an on-going programme to rationalise and renew its estate. This study will examine whether the BBC’s property strategy is providing it with an estate of the right size that meets its […] Read more

Posted 11 January 2013 in: Work in Progress | Culture, Media and Leisure
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

Intervention and support for schools

The Department for Education oversees around 20,000 schools in England. Collectively, these schools are responsible for the education of 7.6 million children and the spending of around £40 billion each year. Working with Ofsted, local authorities and academy trusts, the Department is responsible for monitoring school performance and intervening where necessary to protect value for […] Read more

Posted 3 April 2014 in: Work in Progress | Education and skills
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

Reforming defence acquisition

The Ministry of Defence has a range of programmes to change the way in which the Department operates, and to implement the Strategic Defence and Security Review. As one of a series of reports on defence transformation, we will examine progress in reforming Defence Equipment and Support, including the progress in improving the efficiency of […] Read more

Posted 11 January 2013 in: Work in Progress | Defence
Contact: Barry Lester
Direct line: 020 7798 7937 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

Public Health England: Spending and accountability

On 1st April 2013 the public health system in England was transformed. Nationally, Public Health England (an executive agency of the Department of Health) was established to address the health and wellbeing of the nation and to make inroads into reducing health inequalities. Locally, responsibility for public health transferred from NHS primary care trusts to local authorities. […] Read more

Posted 3 April 2014 in: Work in Progress | Health and social care
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

Funding healthcare: making allocations to local areas

Around £80 billion each year is distributed to local commissioners of healthcare using funding formulae. The reforms to the health system resulted in changes to the funding arrangements, including some new approaches to calculating need and the disaggregation of the existing formula into three separate funding streams (to clinical commissioning groups predominantly for hospital care; to NHS […] Read more

Posted 17 April 2014 in: Work in Progress | Health and social care
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Autumn 2014

Changes to civil legal aid

Legal aid is funding for legal advice and representation for people who meet certain criteria (a means and eligibility test) for certain areas of law. There have been substantial changes to the arrangements for civil legal aid since 2010, most significantly with the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. […] Read more

Posted 24 January 2014 in: Work in Progress | Public order, justice and rights
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
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