This report will assess the progress of government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
Local service delivery
The government has given councils and communities more power to decide how to spend their funding to meet local priorities and drive growth. Councils are now accountable for their spending through various checks and balances, with reduced reporting burdens.
At the same time, councils now have around 37% less central government funding than in 2010. As a result, their financial future is uncertain, and effective service delivery is under threat. Government also has less direct information about whether local spending achieves the intended outcomes and delivers value for money.
Key areas in which the NAO can share lessons and good practice across government are in Accountability in local service delivery; Commissioning services; and Financial and service sustainability.
Key NAO publications:
- Public service markets: Putting things right when they go wrong (Jun 2015)
- Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014 (Nov 2014)
- The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities (Nov 2014)
- Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas (Sep 2014)
- Funding and structures for local economic growth (Dec 2013)
This financial overview looks at what local government in England spends, how this spending is funded and the effect of changes in recent years.
10 Nov 2021
This new report responds to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee to examine local government and net zero.
16 Jul 2021
The Comptroller & Auditor General’s report on the 2020-2021 accounts of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
30 Jun 2021
The report examines the timeliness of auditor reporting on English local public bodies’ financial statements covering 2019-20.
16 Mar 2021
This report examines whether the government secured financial sustainability across the local authority sector during COVID-19.
10 Mar 2021
A summary of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, spending in 2019-20, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it is likely to face in the coming year, based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.
28 Jan 2021
This study examines the government’s support for bus services and whether enablers to improve bus services are in place.
2 Oct 2020
This report sets out the process by which MHCLG chose the 101 towns in England it invited to develop Town Deals.
21 Jul 2020
This report examines the government’s replacement of the COMPASS contracts for accommodation and support for asylum seekers.
3 Jul 2020