This impacts case study shows how reports by NAO and PAC resulted in the Nucelar Decommissioning Authority terminating its existing management contract and announcing a new approach, expected to improve management and reduce costs.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Impacts case study

We produced two reports on nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield. The first, published in 2012, examined how the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority manages risk at Sellafield. The second, published in 2013, examined how the Authority receives assurance about the level of reported efficiency savings on the site. The Committee of Public Accounts also published two reports, in 2013 and in 2014, reporting on progress on the site and the Authority’s decision to continue its parent body agreement with Nuclear Management Partners into a second term.

What are impacts?

In response to our work and that of the Committee, the Authority confirmed it had been considering and would further develop its alternatives to the parent body organisation model. It completed a strategic review of the delivery arrangements in 2014, and in January 2015 announced its decision to terminate its contract with Nuclear Management Partners and implement a new delivery model. The Authority considers its proposed revised approach will secure better management of the site and decommissioning, and bring significant savings.


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