Benefit sanctions

The Department for Work & Pensions is not doing enough to find out how sanctions affect people on benefits.

Department for International Development: investing through CDC

The Department for International Development has improved its oversight of CDC and has directed it to address many of the weaknesses previously identified by Parliament. However, it remains a significant challenge for CDC to demonstrate its ultimate objective of creating and making a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.

Appointment of executive leader

The National Audit Office today announces that Abdool Kara will be joining the Leadership Team as Executive Leader with strategic oversight of our work relating to local service delivery. Abdool brings a significant depth and breadth of experience from senior roles in local government and delivery of local services, as well as from his wider … Read more

Delivering the defence estate

The MoD has developed a strategy that identifies the estate it needs and the 25% of its estate it can dispose of by 2040. However, the strategy and current funding levels allow only for a partial reversal of the decline in the condition of the remaining estate. There is a significant risk that the poor condition of the estate will affect the Department’s ability to provide the defence capability needed.

Modernising the Great Western railway

The cost of modernising the Great Western railway is estimated to be £5.58 billion, an increase of £2.1 billion since 2013, and there are delays to the electrification of the route of at least 18 to 36 months. The Department for Transport and Network Rail have begun to improve the management of the programme but they have more to do to protect value for money in the future.

HMRC’s approach to collecting tax from high net worth individuals

HMRC has a special unit to collect tax from high net worth individuals who are those with assets of £20m or more. While this special unit gives it a better understanding of the tax affairs and behaviours of these taxpayers it needs to evaluate what approaches are the most effective and to understand the outcome it achieves.