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Every year about one in four of our 60 value for money studies includes examination of local services, for example, education or health.

We are planning to extend our programme of studies so that we can more explicitly address issues of relevance to local bodies, particularly in respect of local government.

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government 2013-14

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Communities and Local Government during 2013-14.

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22 Oct 2014

Town Hall

Local government funding: Assurance to Parliament

The Department has increased local authorities’ flexibility over their funding, but as a result has less information on how funds are being spent.

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Published:
25 Jun 2014

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Maintaining strategic infrastructure: roads

The lack of predictability of funding for highways authorities has practical implications for road networks and may lead to increased costs in the long term.

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Published:
6 Jun 2014

Town Hall

The NAO’s role in local audit

The National Audit Office (NAO) is taking on new responsibilities in the new framework for the audit of local bodies. This leaflet provides information on our new role, examples of our recent value for money work focused on local services, and contact details for you to provide views and suggestions or to ask questions about our work.

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Published:
28 May 2014

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Adult social care in England: overview

The provision of adequate adult social care poses a significant public service challenge. Demand for care is rising while public spending is falling.

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Published:
13 Mar 2014

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Progress report on the Regional Growth Fund

Improvements have been made to the running of the Regional Growth Fund, but there is still a significant amount of public money to allocate through the Fund.

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Published:
25 Feb 2014

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Funding and structures for local economic growth

It has not yet been demonstrated that funding mechanisms for supporting local economic growth are capable of delivering value for money.

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Published:
6 Dec 2013

Peoples Legs

Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges

Two government programmes aiming to help families with multiple challenges, such as unemployment and anti-social behaviour, are starting to provide benefits but considerable challenges remain.

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Published:
3 Dec 2013

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government 2012-13

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Communities and Local Government during 2012-13.

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Published:
15 Oct 2013

Town Hall

Confirmed impacts: NAO report makes an important contribution to the debate on local authority financial health

We recommended that the Department for Communities and Local Government improve its evaluation of the impact of funding changes on local authorities’ financial sustainability.

This NAO impacts case study represents one example where there has been some beneficial change, whether financial or non-financial, resulting from our involvement.

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24 Jun 2013

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