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Local services

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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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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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

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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

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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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Published:
24 Jun 2013

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The NAO’s role in local audit

This leaflet provides further information on the NAO’s role in local public audit, and some of our recent studies on issues affecting local government. It also contains details of work which is in progress and will be published later in the year.

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Published:
21 May 2013

Integration Across government

Case study on integration: Measuring the costs and benefits of Whole-Place Community Budgets

By operating in a more integrated way, government could reduce inefficiencies in public services and deliver a better service to citizens. A case study on the Whole-Place Community Budget pilots points to the potential benefits on offer where public services are integrated more effectively.

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Published:
13 Mar 2013

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Financial sustainability of local authorities

The NAO examines central government’s approach to the funding of local authorities as they deal with reduced funding without reducing services.

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Published:
30 Jan 2013

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Central government’s communication and engagement with local government

Central government needs to have better engagement with local government, particularly as more services are devolved.

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Published:
13 Jun 2012

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Improving the Criminal Justice System – lessons from local change projects

This report draws out good practice lessons from three local improvement projects. It has been produced jointly by the National Audit Office, Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.

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Published:
31 May 2012

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Review: The NAO’s work on local delivery

This briefing draws out findings from 46 NAO reports since 2008-09 that are relevant to local delivery. It communicates the wide range of work we have undertaken and the main lessons that have arisen from it.

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30 Mar 2012

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