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); and Funding and structures for local economic growth (Dec 2013)