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Follow-up: grants to the Big Society Network and the Society Network Foundation

The National Audit Office has today published the findings from its investigation into issues originally identified in its earlier report Investigation into grants from the Big Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office to the Big Society Network and the Society Network Foundation (July 2014).

The earlier report looked at three grants awarded to the organisations in question. It found issues with how the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund awarded and managed those grants. The NAO subsequently took the decision to investigate whether these issues were isolated or there are wider systemic issues.

The NAO’s key findings are set out in the summary to the attached report.

 

 

Notes for Editors

 1. The NAO conducts investigations to establish the underlying facts in circumstances where concerns have been raised with us, or in response to intelligence that we have gathered through our wider work.

2. Press notices and reports are available from the date of publication on the NAO website, which is at www.nao.org.uk. Hard copies can be obtained by using the relevant links on our website.

3. The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending for Parliament and is independent of government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Amyas Morse, is an Officer of the House of Commons and leads the NAO, which employs some 820 employees. The C&AG certifies the accounts of all government departments and many other public sector bodies. He has statutory authority to examine and report to Parliament on whether departments and the bodies they fund have used their resources efficiently, effectively, and with economy. Our studies evaluate the value for money of public spending, nationally and locally. Our recommendations and reports on good practice help government improve public services, and our work led to audited savings of £1.1 billion in 2013.

PN: 64/14