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London Olympic Stadium

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2010

“The Olympic Delivery Authority has done well to keep its programme on track, and it is increasingly likely that the venues and infrastructure are going to be delivered on time and budget. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go, with less contingency funding available to meet unforeseen cost pressures.

 

“Plans for the delivery of the Games themselves need to be fleshed out, in particular making sure that LOCOG is on track at least to break even. In addition, securing long-term use of facilities such as the Media Centre and the Main Stadium should remain a priority to get the best out of the Games both for the taxpayer and local people.”

Published:
26 Feb 2010
Report cover showing construction work at a 2010 Olympics site

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report June 2008

“The preparations for the Games are well underway. But important challenges remain which will become more formidable as the spotlight turns to London after the Beijing Games. Uncertainties over the deal for the village, legacy requirements and policing and security may add cost or compromise the preparations for a successful Games. The delivery bodies need to maintain a firm stance on cost and keep in sight the intended legacy benefits too.”

Published:
20 Jun 2008
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Procurement in the Culture, Media and Sport sector

“Procurement is an area where the Culture, Media and Sport sector can achieve significant savings and improvements. Whilst the sector has made some progress in improving its procurement capabilities and practices, a great deal more can be done. A greater level of commitment from organisations to adopting good practice, as well as addressing specific issues such as greater collaboration between organisations when buying common goods and services, will result in greater value for money.”

Published:
30 Nov 2005
Report cover showing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Progress on 15 Major Capital Projects Funded by Arts Council England

“It is pleasing that most of the 15 projects are now delivering the intended benefits to the public. But it is disappointing that two have had to close and that on most the construction work did not go to plan, with delays and cost overruns which resulted in 10 projects needing additional lottery funding. It is important that, in taking forward its new capital programme, the Arts Council monitors the effectiveness of the measures it has introduced to reduce the likelihood of similar problems in the future. Where things do go wrong the Arts Council should be prepared to stop funding and at all times it must ensure that lottery funds are protected so that it is in a position to recover its money in the event of projects failing.”

Published:
2 May 2003
Report cover showing children looking out of window of historic building

Promoting Participation with the Historic Environment

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has met one but missed two of its targets to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who visit heritage sites in England. While the targets were challenging, they should have been underpinned by a performance framework that more clearly matched the priorities and activities of English Heritage with the Department’s strategic objectives. The Department needs to review its performance management practices to ensure that the bodies it funds are working with it towards shared objectives.”

Published:
22 Jul 2009