Appointment of non-executive directors to the NAO Board

Biographical information Janet Eilbeck Janet Eilbeck is a chartered accountant with over 30 years experience. She was an assurance Partner at PWC until 2011, specialising in government and the broader public sector, including wide experience of internal audit. She was also Chair of the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board (IASAB), as well as being the … Read more

Children in need of help or protection

The Department for Education recognised since 2010 that child protection services are not good enough but its subsequent response has not yet resulted in better outcomes. Spending on children’s social work, including on child protection, varies widely across England and is not related to quality. Neither the DfE nor authorities understand why spending varies.

Upgrading emergency service communications: the Emergency Services Network

The Emergency Services Network is one of the most technologically advanced systems worldwide and is set to replace the existing emergency services communication system, Airwave. However several risks have been highlighted.

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme

UK Government says it is on track to meet target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. Local authorities’ ability to secure suitable school places and houses a risk to success. NAO estimate programme will cost £1.12bn by 2020.