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Disposal of public land for new homes

A programme to sell enough government land by March 2015 to build a potential 100,000 homes did not collect information on the amount of money raised or how many homes have actually been built. In future land sales, responsibility for monitoring what happens to land after disposal should be made clear.

Published:
24 Jun 2015
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Outcome-based payment schemes: government’s use of payment by results

Payment by results (PbR) schemes are hard to get right, and are risky and costly for commissioners. Credible evidence for claimed benefits of PbR is now needed.

Published:
19 Jun 2015
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Public service markets: Putting things right when they go wrong

Over 10 million people who used public services (about 1 in 5) in the UK last year faced problems with the services. Detriment can and does occur. But users find the complaints and redress systems confusing.

Published:
17 Jun 2015
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NHS and sustainability

This briefing on the NHS and sustainability in England has been prepared for the Environmental Audit Committee. It focuses on identifying potential good practice, opportunities and challenges and draws on the NAO’s good practice criteria.

Published:
27 Mar 2015