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Autumn 2021

DWP employment support: overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the labour market, and unemployment in the UK is expected to increase significantly. The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) provides a range of support for unemployed people through Jobcentres and through more intensive programmes, such as the Work and Health Programme. In response to the pandemic, DWP has announced a range of measures to support people to get and … Read more

Departmental Overview: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2019-20

A summary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, spending in 2019-20, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it is likely to face in the coming year, based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.

19 Feb 2021
Autumn 2021

Managing the backlog in criminal courts

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a growing backlog of cases waiting to be tried in the criminal courts system. During the first national lockdown, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) closed some court buildings, and suspended all jury trials. Since then, courts have reopened, but national guidelines for social distancing mean they are unable to … Read more

Spring 2021

Timeliness of local auditor reporting on local government in England, 2020

Local public bodies deliver many public services to taxpayers. In 2019-20, local authorities, local police and local fire bodies in England spent nearly £100 billion delivering these services. Each year, local public bodies are required to prepare and publish financial statements setting out their financial performance. External auditors of councils audit the financial statements and provide … Read more