The government has made broadband internet provision a policy priority, citing significant benefits to the UK economy. In 2010 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched its Superfast Broadband programme to support the roll out of high speed internet (download speeds of at least 24Mbps) to the hardest to reach areas in the … Read more
Managing major projects
Major public projects in the Government's current major projects portfolio are expected to cost over £450bn. There are also many other projects across government. This huge investment of taxpayers' money needs to be spent well. Managing these projects also brings major challenges because they are so long, complex, technically difficult, and are often part of high profile and high-risk transformation of public services.
These projects can also compete with each other for resources, equipment and skills. This means government needs to make sure that the timing of different projects is coordinated - especially as competition for resources can increase costs. One project can depend on the outcomes of another, making coordination and management still harder.
To make sure that these projects are affordable and successful, government needs much stronger project management skills and it needs to make more accurate cost and time estimates. It also needs to improve its ability to identify and manage both risks and the impact of external events.
Key NAO publications:
- Framework to review programmes (Sep 2017)
- Delivering major projects in government: PAC briefing (Jan 2016)
- Welfare reform - lessons learned (May 2015)
- The DECA: Understanding challenges in delivering project objectives (Oct 2013)
- Assurance for major projects (May 2012)
- NAO Guide: Initiating successful projects (Dec 2011)
This report examines the MoD’s management of the programme since 2017 and the risks towards achieving Carrier Strike’s full capabilities.
26 Jun 2020
This report provides information on managing PFI contracts when they end and considers whether government is preparing for expiry appropriately.
5 Jun 2020
This report provides a summary of the UK government’s response to COVID-19 to date.
21 May 2020
This report looks at the Restoration and Renewal Programme to identify potential risks and recommend how these may be addressed.
24 Apr 2020
This report examines whether DfT
and HS2 Ltd have protected value for money so far in their stewardship of HS2.
24 Jan 2020
This report examines the Ministry of Defence’s management of its large and complex infrastructure projects at nuclear-regulated sites.
10 Jan 2020
Setting out questions we ask when reviewing programmes, this updated framework gives new examples of good practice and lessons learnt.
23 Apr 2019
This memorandum sets out background information about the Crossrail programme and the current position
28 Feb 2019
This publication outlines some of the challenges in estimating and managing costs that we have observed in our work on major projects. It offers Accounting Officers and senior decision makers some ground rules and thoughts on factors to consider when challenging costs.
21 Jun 2018