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Maintaining the Occupied Royal Palaces

“For a number of years, the grant given to run and maintain the Royal Palaces has been static – and has fallen significantly in real terms. The Royal Household is making efforts to be more efficient in how it uses its funds, but there is no measure of how effectively the Palaces are being maintained. The Royal Household and Department for Culture, Media and Sport need to develop a way of measuring the condition of the estate over time, so that the Department has confidence that the future of these national assets is secure.”

Published:
10 Dec 2008
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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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Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector

“Grants awarded in the culture, media and sport sector support a diverse range of programmes, from funding education schemes for children to getting more people involved in sport. Grant-makers do, however, need to get a better handle on the costs and efficiency of their grant making if they are to demonstrate that as much of the money as possible goes into cultural and sporting activities rather than on administrative overheads.”

Published:
22 May 2008
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Preparations for Digital Switchover

“The Government’s digital switchover programme will affect almost every home in the UK and most of the costs will be met by consumers. Helping consumers through the switchover process requires strong and coordinated working between Government and delivery agencies.

“Progress so far is encouraging, but there is a long way to go with almost one third of licence fee payers still not understanding switchover, up to 26 million analogue television sets yet to be replaced or converted and nearly 1,200 transmitter sites to be upgraded.”

Published:
27 Feb 2008
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The BBC’s preparedness for digital switchover

The BBC Trust today published an independent review it had commissioned from the National Audit Office (NAO): The BBC’s Preparedness for Digital Switchover which looks in particular at how the BBC plans to meet its obligations set out under the Royal Charter and Agreement.

Published:
13 Nov 2007
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The budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

“The Olympic Games is now on a firmer financial footing thanks to the budget announced in March 2007. This should help all those involved in delivering the Games to move forward with greater confidence.

“However a budget is just that – a budget not a target. The Department must still work to contain funding and achieve value for money, and should make clear what will be delivered for the public’s money. There will be a need for clear and quick decision making on funding, effective commercial arrangements with suppliers, and finalisation of designs and legacy plans.”

The report makes recommendations to manage risk in relation to the budget. Those which require immediate action are:

Published:
20 Jul 2007
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Heritage Lottery Fund

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has done valuable work in preserving the UK’s heritage and promoting access to it. However, it needs to do more to simplify its procedures, to provide better support to applicants and grant recipients and to reduce time and cost overruns.”

Published:
16 Mar 2007
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Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Risk assessment and management

“The London Olympic and Paralympic Games may seem a long way away, but with a programme of this magnitude it is vital to keep the momentum up. There is a lot more to do and a variety of risks to be managed if the Games are to be a success. Failure in any one area will impinge on others. Finalising the budget should be a priority to allow the Olympic programme to move forward with greater confidence and certainty.

“As well as learning from the experience of other cities that have hosted the Games, I have also arranged with my counterpart in China to learn lessons from the Beijing Games in 2008 that could usefully be applied to London.”

Published:
2 Feb 2007