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The NAO’s role in local audit

The National Audit Office (NAO) has responsibilities within the framework for the audit of local public bodies. This leaflet provides information on our role, examples of our recent value-for-money work focused on local services, our 2015-16 work in progress and contact details for you to provide views and suggestions or to ask questions about our work.

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Published:
23 Jul 2015

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Devolving responsibilities to cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals

Wave 1 City Deals encouraged cities to develop capacity to manage devolved funding and increased responsibility. It is too early to tell what impact they will have on growth.

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Published:
9 Jul 2015

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Care Act first-phase reforms

The first phase of the Care Act has been implemented well, but this places new responsibilities on local authorities whose core funding is being significantly reduced.

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11 Jun 2015

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Local government new burdens

The Department for Communities and Local Government has taken steps since November 2014 to improve its understanding of new burdens on local authorities.

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11 Jun 2015

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Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014

Local authorities have worked hard to manage reductions in government funding, but the DCLG needs to be better informed about the situation across England.

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19 Nov 2014

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The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities

Local authorities have worked hard to manage reductions in government funding, but the DCLG needs to be better informed about the situation across England.

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Published:
19 Nov 2014

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Planning for the Better Care Fund

The Better Care Fund is an innovative idea but the quality of early preparation and planning did not match the scale of the ambition. Current plans forecast £314m of savings for the NHS rather than the £1 billion in early planning assumptions.

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Published:
11 Nov 2014

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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 Department for Communities and Local Government during 2013-14.

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Published:
22 Oct 2014

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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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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

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