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The office accommodation of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its sponsored bodies

“More active management of office accommodation will bring savings to the Culture, Media and Sports sector. Organisations need to devote more attention to the way they use space and to the costs of their offices if they are to improve the value for money of their accommodation. Some organisations have already made improvements, but there is scope for more to be done.”

Published:
16 Mar 2006
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Community Fund Financial Statements 2004-05 – discovery of irregular grant applications

“The Community Fund have uncovered significant levels of grant payments made on the basis of applications which contained irregularities and which may be fraudulent. Amongst a number of actions they need to take is to give more explicit consideration to the risks of fraud that may exist within grant programmes intended to be easy to access and the extent to which controls should be put in place to combat these.”

Published:
15 Dec 2005
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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
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UK Sport: Supporting elite athletes

“Supported by lottery money, British athletes delivered some outstanding performances at the Olympics and Paralympics in Athens last summer. Looking ahead to Beijing in 2008, UK Sport needs to take action now to strengthen its management of its World Class Performance Programme so that it gets the most from its money in what are expected to the most competitive Games ever.

“In particular, UK Sport should identify the factors that helped certain sports perform well in Athens and the barriers to success in others that did less well, so that the lessons can be acted upon promptly. After the Athens Games, it is in a position to review which of its funded sports have delivered, and remain capable of delivering, world class performance.”

Published:
27 Jan 2005
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VisitBritain: Bringing visitors to Britain

“The tourist industry is a significant income-earner and employer in Great Britain. VisitBritain deserves much credit for the support it provides through professional and well executed marketing activities which clearly generate high returns. However, VisitBritain now needs to focus even more on emerging markets where Great Britain can be energetically promoted as a most attractive tourist destination.”

Published:
12 Nov 2004
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The British Library – Providing services beyond the Reading Rooms

” The Library is providing an important range of services beyond its reading rooms, which are generally of a high quality. It deserves much credit for responding well to the increased competition to its document supply services and for the other improvements it is making to its remote services.

Digitisation has proved to be popular. For example, it gives us the opportunity to virtually “turn” the pages of manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels. It is important that the Library and other organisations collaborate to exploit fully the great opportunities for providing materials of relevance to a wide range of users. In addition the Library needs to take care to ensure that access to digitised material can be sustained beyond the short to medium term.”

Published:
28 Jul 2004
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Managing National Lottery Distribution Fund balances

“Balances held in the National Lottery Distribution Fund are not delivering the intended benefits in the community. Although the balances have started to fall, there is scope to reduce them further and those distributors with the largest balances, in particular the Heritage Lottery Fund and the New Opportunities Fund, can make the biggest contribution. However the Department for Culture, Media and Sport also has a role in helping distributors to manage effectively the opportunities and risks in seeking to reduce balances.”

Published:
21 Jul 2004