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A Foot on the Ladder: Low Cost Home Ownership Assistance

“Low cost home ownership assistance has helped thousands to take their first step onto the housing ladder. But, to ensure that as many other households as possible get the chance to do the same, the assistance needs to be more tightly managed and better focused on those it would benefit most.

“The Department for Communities and Local Government, the Housing Corporation and Registered Social Landlords must work together to ensure that the assistance is being effectively managed and monitored. This will be particularly important in securing value for money as the schemes expand to try to help an extra 100,000 households.”

Published:
14 Jul 2006
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A5 Queue relocation in Dunstable

‘The residents and workers of Dunstable were led to expect reduced congestion and improved air quality, and so were naturally disappointed when these did not materialize. I encourage the Highways Agency to learn from this and do more to keep local communities informed about schemes, their progress and their likely effects.’

Published:
28 Apr 2006
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Action to Improve Passenger Rail Services

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, told Parliament today that the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA) and its predecessor organisation, the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF), had taken action where possible to remedy underperformance by passenger train operators but that the present franchise arrangements could be improved to secure better performance. … Read more

Published:
3 Aug 2000
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Adapting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s global estate to the modern world

“The FCO can do more to get value for money from its overseas estate.  Although the Department has begun to remedy some of the shortcomings we identified and has started work on its strategy for managing the estate, it still needs to get the basics right.  It needs to lay out the priorities for its overseas estate and work out how to get more robust information.  Whilst there are examples of good practice at individual posts, the Department needs to spread this across the whole estate if it is to make real efficiencies.”

Published:
11 Feb 2010