21 Nov 2007
21 Nov 2007
Regulators and government need to work together better to ensure that vulnerable consumers get the support they need.
31 Mar 2017
“The Warm Front Scheme makes a difference to the warmth and fuel bills of so many people.
“However, more could be done to help those households most in need by reducing expenditure on measures which have limited impact on fuel costs and on homes which are already energy efficient. And funds should be redirected to better assist, for example, those in ‘hard to treat’ homes such as those not connected to mains gas or without cavity walls.”
25 Jun 2003
This report sets out the challenges facing the water industry in England and assesses how Defra is tackling them.
25 Mar 2020
It is important that the DWP use the hard lessons it learned from implementing its recent programme of welfare reforms to improve how it manages change and anticipates risk.
29 May 2015
“Good progress has been made in increasing the employment rate for older people. As people are living longer it is important that they have better opportunities to continue working for longer, should they wish to do so, than has been the case in the past. There is scope for government agencies to focus their efforts on improving the employability of older people and for targeting disadvantaged groups. Success will bring benefits not only for the individual, but also for business, the taxpayer and the economy at large.”
15 Sep 2004
“Not enough is known about the extent to which disadvantaged groups are under-represented in higher education, or what measures to widen participation are most effective. The Department and the Funding Council need to secure better data on participation, for example by social class or disability. They could tailor provision more closely to people’s circumstances, such as where they live and when they can study.”
25 Jun 2008
Student achievement rates in English higher education institutions have remained high during a period of considerable expansion of student numbers, although rates vary widely between institutions. The higher education sector will have to recruit and retain more students from hitherto poorly represented social groups and help them to succeed if the government’s learning targets are … Read more
18 Jan 2002
“The process of winding-up the affairs of The New Millennium Experience Company was extremely challenging, particularly given the complexity and scale of the operation. But I am pleased to say that the preparations required before the appointment of the liquidators were accomplished successfully and, on entering voluntary liquidation, NMEC was in better financial shape than when I last reported.”
17 Apr 2002
“Community and voluntary organisations play a vital role in delivering public services. When engaging with the third sector, departments need to be clear as to whether they are “shopping” (buying a service), “giving” (supporting a worthy cause) or “investing” (building capacity in the sector) and adapt their approach to funding accordingly. Developing shared centres of expertise across departments would enhance effectiveness in working with the third sector through, for example, application of specialist procurement skills. They would also assist in streamlining monitoring processes and building relationships based on trust and professionalism thereby securing the full contribution which the third sector can make.”
29 Jun 2005