Transforming Rehabilitation

Probation services have been restructured on time and within cost targets during a period of major change but operational problems and risks to further service transformation need to be resolved if re-offending levels are to reduce.

Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861 Mobile: 07985 260074 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Managing the welfare cap

The welfare cap is encouraging a greater understanding of spending on some benefits and tax credits across government, but it is important that processes for managing the cap are reliable.

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Mobile: 07985 274421 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

The commissioning of specialised services in the NHS

Against a backdrop of increasing pressure on NHS finances, NHS England has not controlled the rising cost of specialised services.

Posted 27 April 2016 in: Press Release | Health and social care, Commissioning
Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Mental health services: preparations for improving access

The Department of Health and NHS England are making progress but much remains to be done to improve access to mental health services.

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the Department for Education’s financial statements 2014-15

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), has provided an adverse opinion on the truth and fairness of the Department for Education’s group financial statements.

Contact: Steve Luxford
Direct line: 020 7798 7861 Mobile: 07985 260074 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

English devolution deals

Devolution deals to devolve power from central government to local areas in England offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services for local users, but the arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Investigation into the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s loans to the Green Deal Finance Company

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Green Deal design not only failed to deliver any meaningful benefit, it increased suppliers’ costs – and therefore energy bills – in meeting their obligations through the ECO scheme.

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Green Deal design not only failed to deliver any meaningful benefit, it increased suppliers’ costs – and therefore energy bills – in meeting their obligations through the ECO scheme.

Contact: Rupi Gohlar
Direct line: 020 7798 7066 Mobile: 07917 555388 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Local Enterprise Partnerships

The role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships has grown since 2010, but the approach taken by DCLG to overseeing Growth Deals risks future value for money.

Posted 23 March 2016 in: Press Release | Community and society
Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Mobile: 07985 274421 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Confiscation orders: progress review

There has been a greater focus on enforcing criminal confiscation orders, but there remain fundamental weaknesses in the system.

Contact: Angharad Thomas
Direct line: 020 7798 7208 Mobile: 07985 274421 Email: pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk
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