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We will publish this report at an appropriate time after the conclusion of the deal.

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

Spring 2017

Early progress on the government property strategy

The Cabinet Office’s Government Property Unit (GPU) was set up in 2010 to improve the centre of government’s ability to coordinate departments’ property needs. GPU also aims to reduce the number of office buildings by 75% (80% in London) by 2023. It is managing several programmes, including establishing “hubs” where departments share offices, the setup … Read more

Spring 2017

The new generation electronic monitoring programme

The Ministry of Justice has used electronic monitoring for the management of offenders since 1999. In 2011 the Ministry sought to re-procure the service through a multi-supplier model, but the programme has been heavily delayed and a new service is not yet in place. This study will seek to explore the key reasons for the … Read more

Spring 2017

Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries

Through their condition or circumstances, vulnerable consumers are particularly susceptible to bad outcomes or experiences in regulated sectors such as energy, water, communications and financial services – a situation heightened by the importance of these services in everyday life. Issues faced by vulnerable consumers can include lack of access or choice, difficulty navigating firms’ processes, … Read more

Spring 2017

Child Maintenance Case Closure

The 2012 child maintenance scheme replaces the existing 1993 and 2003 (legacy) statutory schemes for child support. Since 2014, the Child Maintenance Service has started to close cases set up through the legacy schemes, offering parents the option to create a new child support case under the 2012 scheme. The Child Maintenance Service expects to … Read more

Spring 2017

Digital Transformation in Government

The Government Digital Service (GDS) was set up in 2011 as the centre of digital expertise within the Cabinet Office, to “deliver world class digital products that meet people’s needs and offer better value for taxpayers’ money”. Since its inception, GDS’s work has included a number of digital strategies, standards for provision of digital services, … Read more

Spring 2017

Investigation: Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow was a charity that ran a national LGBT domestic violence helpline. It received specific grant funding from the Home Office for this purpose. Broken Rainbow went into liquidation in June 2016. This investigation will establish the facts around the collapse of Broken Rainbow, including: The financial management of the charity Home Office oversight … Read more

Spring 2017

Evaluating the government balance sheet: Borrowing

In June 2016, the National Audit Office published a series of reports which explored some of the major risks to public finances highlighted in the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA). These reports examined how these risks to the balance sheet have changed in recent years and considered how the government manages them. This study, the … Read more

Spring 2017

VAT evasion by overseas online retailers

The NAO is carrying out an investigation looking at the risk of VAT (Value Added Tax) evasion by overseas online retailers. The investigation focuses on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) role in administering the UK VAT system, including managing and reducing risks to the collection of tax revenue. The investigation will examine: how this particular … Read more

Spring 2017

Sustainability within the Ministry of Justice

The Environmental Audit Committee has requested a review of sustainability within the Ministry of Justice. The briefing will examine: The Department’s arrangements to support and promote sustainability within: policy and policy making; governance and leadership; estates and operations and procurement. The most significant environmental issues the Department faces now and in the future. The Department’s … Read more

Spring 2017

Online Fraud

Growth in the use of the internet and advances in digital technologies means that people can do more online, from communicating via social media to shopping and banking. However, criminals based anywhere in the world now also have increasing opportunities to commit fraud online too. Traditional crimes in the UK such as burglary and car … Read more

Summer 2017

Mental Health in Prisons

The 2016 Queen’s speech outlined prison reforms that put an emphasis on rehabilitation and reducing re-offending, and aspired to improve mental health services as part of this effort.The Department of Health and NHS England have commitment to “parity of esteem” between physical and mental health by 2020. A significant proportion of prisoners suffer from mental … Read more

Spring 2017

Sheffield tram trains

The Sheffield-Rotherham tram trains project is intended as a national pilot scheme to trial tram train technology and assess how it could be used elsewhere in the country. The aim of the scheme is to improve passenger services and to improve connectivity by enabling heavy rail to penetrate city centres by using existing light rail … Read more

Summer 2017

Alternative Higher Education providers

In December 2014, the National Audit Office published a report: Investigation into financial support for students at alternative higher education providers. The report identified a number of issues about the arrangements for oversight and funding of alternative higher education providers. The Committee of Public Accounts took evidence on the report in December 2014 and published … Read more

Spring 2017

Research and development: funding and oversight across government

Around £9bn is spent annually on research and development across government. BEIS has overall responsibility for government spending on science, technology and engineering but nearly 30% of science funding comes from other government departments. This study will establish whether departments are well-placed to maximise the impact of government’s investment in research and development by examining … Read more

Summer 2017

Managing the Official Development Assistance target – an update

In 2013, the UK met the OECD target of spending 0.7% of its gross national income on aid – known as Official Development Assistance (ODA). The target was also met in 2014 and 2015. The target is now part of UK legislation. Under the UK Government’s new aid strategy introduced in November 2015, an increasing proportion (12% … Read more

Spring 2017

Securing Value For Money from non-competitive procurement in defence

The study will address the MOD’s use of non-competitive procurement, focusing primarily on equipment procurement and support. The lack of competition in defence procurement is an age-old challenge for government and it will remain an important and unavoidable feature of the UK defence industry for years to come. The National Audit Office last examined this … Read more

Summer 2017

Managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts

Clinical negligence claims against NHS hospitals cost a significant and rising amount each year. In 2015-16, the Department of Health’s clinical negligence provision totalled £56 billion, and its expenditure in this area was over £1.5 billion. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) manages clinical negligence claims for all trusts in England. Its main scheme is … Read more

Summer 2017

Supporting and improving the teaching workforce

In March 2016, the Department for Education set out its ambition to build on and extend its reforms to achieve educational excellence everywhere. Having enough high quality teachers underpins this ambition. This study will examine the progress the Department, in conjunction with the education sector, has made to improve the quality of the teaching workforce … Read more

Summer 2017

The first sale of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland

In 2008 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) participated in the UK government’s bank recapitalisation scheme. This resulted in the government becoming the majority shareholder in RBS. The gross cost of this recapitalisation, and a subsequent one in 2009, was in excess of £45bn according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR, Nov 2016). In August … Read more

Summer 2017

Update on the Thameslink Programme

The Department for Transport is sponsoring a £7 billion programme to increase passenger capacity on the Thameslink route through central London. The programme involves the improvement of tracks, signalling and stations, a new fleet of trains and new franchise arrangements for running the passenger service on the Thameslink route. Our previous report Progress in delivering … Read more

Summer 2017

Care Quality Commission

This report is the latest in a series of NAO reports on the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The NAO is examining whether the CQC is taking appropriate action to address the changing risks to patient care. This study will focus on: how the CQC makes use of its current powers and engages with other organisations; the level … Read more

Summer 2017

PFI and PF2

Since the introduction of PFI in the 1990’s private finance procurement has provided government departments with around £60 billion of investment. Unlike conventional forms of procurement the use of private finance means that the public sector doesn’t have to pay for the construction of the asset upfront. Instead it transfers construction risk to the private … Read more

Autumn 2017

Adult social care workforce

The adult social care workforce is made up of over 1.4 million people, with more than 19,000 organisations providing care. This study will look at how central government and other national bodies work with local authorities and providers to ensure there are enough paid care workers, with the right skills and qualities, to meet adults’ … Read more

Autumn 2017

Department for Education: Converting schools to academies

Converting maintained schools to academies continues to be a key education policy. The Department for Education believes that ‘all schools should benefit from the freedom and autonomy that academy status brings’. Approximately 30% of schools (over 6,400) have so far become academies. Academy trusts take on significant new responsibilities, with extra financial, legal and governance … Read more

Autumn 2017

Reducing modern slavery in the UK

The Home Office estimates that there were 10,000-13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, which includes victims of sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, forced and compulsory labour, domestic servitude and human trafficking. The Home Office introduced the Modern Slavery strategy in 2014 with the aim of significantly reducing the prevalence of modern … Read more

Late 2017

Delivering STEM skills for the economy

In January 2017 the government set out its intention to ‘boost’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills in the economy. This intention sits at the heart of the government’s flagship Industrial Strategy, which aims to improve living standards and help the economy prosper by increasing productivity and driving growth. This early-stage review will assess … Read more

Winter 2017

Low carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive

To meet the targets in the 2008 Climate Change Act, the energy used for heating in homes and businesses will need to be significantly decarbonised. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been the government’s major programme for decarbonising heat. Under RHI, homes and businesses can apply for subsidies if they install low carbon heating systems … Read more