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  1. Local government financial sustainability

    Work in progress

    Winter 2024/25

    Local government is experiencing significant financial pressures, due in part to rising costs and increased demand across a range of services. We will examine the current and future context for local government finances.

  2. HMRC customer service

    Report Value for money

    Published on:

    Customers cumulatively spent 798 years on hold waiting to speak with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in 2022-23.

  3. BBC Commercial Activities

    Work in progress

    Autumn 2024

    This study will look at the performance of BBC Studios, the BBC’s largest commercial subsidiary, and if BBC Studios’ performance to date met the BBC’s expectations.

  4. HS2: update following cancellation of Phase 2

    Work in progress

    Summer 2024

    Following the announced changes to HS2, this report will examine how DfT and HS2 Ltd are approaching their management of costs and benefits on key areas of the programme.

  5. Government property maintenance

    Work in progress

    Winter 2024/25

    The government estate is made up of properties that deliver services directly to the public. This study will examine the roles of the Office of Government Property and of departments in managing and planning property maintenance.

  6. How government works with technology suppliers

    Work in progress

    Winter 2024/25

    Government spends over £13 billion annually with technology suppliers. This study will examine government’s overall approach to its dealings with technology suppliers.

  7. Military support to Ukraine

    Work in progress

    Autumn 2024

    We will provide a record of the UK’s contributions to the Ukrainian war effort, to allow parliamentary scrutiny of the MoD’s approach.

  8. Reducing the Crown Court backlog

    Work in progress

    Spring 2024

    Background In December 2023, the Crown Court backlog reached its highest ever level, exceeding the level reached during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), headed by the Lord Chancellor, is accountable to Parliament for the efficient and effective functioning of the courts. One of its three priorities is to deliver swift access to […]

  9. Progress in preventing cardiovascular disease

    Work in progress

    Autumn 2024

    The study will examine how effectively government is identifying, preventing and mitigating the impact of cardiovascular disease on people and the economy.

  10. Lessons learned: government compensation schemes

    Work in progress

    Summer 2024

    We are conducting a thematic review of government compensation schemes for citizens who have suffered harm, hardship and distress from failures by public bodies.

  11. Managing conflicts of interest

    Work in progress

    Autumn 2024

    It is important to manage conflicts of interest effectively. Our latest report on managing propriety in the public sector will look at how conflicts of interest are handled across government.

  12. Whole of Government Accounts 2021-22

    Report Financial audit

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    The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) of the NAO has reported on the Whole of Government Accounts for 2021-22.

  13. Progress with the merger of the FCO and DFID

    Report Value for money

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    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has made substantial progress with the merger that created it, although some issues remain.