Delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills for the economy

Government efforts to improve the quality and take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills have yielded some positive results but there remains an urgent need for departments to set out a shared view of what they are trying to achieve and a co-ordinated plan for achieving it.

National College for Teaching and Leadership Accounts

Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General has qualified his audit opinions on the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) 2016-17 Accounts due to a limitation in the scope of his audit of the regularity of the NCTL’s grant expenditure.

11 January 2018

The Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise

This examines the causes of poor performance on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern network since the franchise began in September 2014, the effects on passenger services, financial outcomes for the operator and the Department, and the Department’s handling of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.

Implementing the UK’s Exit from the European Union: The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The report focuses on how the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is preparing to exit from the EU. It is part of a series of NAO briefings on the key bodies in the centre of government and the major spending departments that have to deliver Exit programmes.

20 December 2017

Reducing modern slavery

Until the government is able to establish effective oversight of the modern slavery system as a whole, it will not be able to significantly reduce the prevalence of modern slavery or show that it is achieving value for money.

Child Maintenance Client Funds Accounts 2016-17

The C&AG has qualified his audit opinions on the Client Funds Accounts prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions for the 1993 and 2003 Child Maintenance Schemes on the grounds of material levels of irregular receipts and payments and misstated arrears balances. However he has given a clean audit opinion on the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme Account after improvements in the accuracy of assessing child maintenance claims.

14 December 2017

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the monitoring, inspection and funding of Learndirect Ltd

This investigation focuses on the circumstances relating to the monitoring of Learndirect Ltd by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the inspection of the company by Ofsted, and the funding of the company by various government bodies.

Investigation: National Lottery funding for good causes

An investigation into the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016-17. It reviews the trends in total National Lottery sales and income for good causes, focusing on the six distributors with the largest share of National Lottery income and the way they have managed the balances within the National Lottery Distribution Fund.

13 December 2017

The Green Investment Bank

This examines whether the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has achieved the objectives of the UK Green Investment Bank intervention, and whether UK Government Investments has achieved value for money in the subsequent sale of the Bank.