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The Royal Parks – An Executive Agency

“The Agency looks after some 5,000 acres of green space in London and there is much to be praised in the work it does. This report identifies ways in which the Agency can sharpen up the management of the Parks. The Parks are a valued feature of London life, and it is important to learn from, and contribute to, all that is happening in parks in the rest of the country and indeed the rest of the world.”

Published:
2 Apr 2004
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Department of Education and Skills – Connexions Service for all Young People

“In a relatively short period of time the Connexions Service has made significant progress towards reducing the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training. The costs of not tackling this issue are huge, both to society and to the individuals affected. Connexions is providing valuable services to help young people make important life decisions but more can be done to ensure that all young people obtain the support they need and my report makes recommendations to help build on the very good results achieved to date.”

Published:
31 Mar 2004
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The Drug Treatment and Testing Order: early lessons

“Probation areas made rapid progress in establishing the Drug Treatment and Testing Order, meeting the target for commencements by April 2003. The Order can help some offenders turn their lives around and reduce their use of drugs. However, the high drop out rate and evidence from pilots of the Order of a high rate of reconviction need to be addressed.

“The Home Office should now shift its emphasis from achieving commencements towards improving the effectiveness of the Order in delivering positive outcomes. More needs to be done to build and sustain the motivation of those on the Order to address their problems and to recognise that the chaotic lives of many such users mean support and treatment may be needed beyond the period of the sentence.”

Published:
26 Mar 2004
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The Recovery of Debt by the Inland Revenue

“Much tax is collected quickly but at any one time there are billions of pounds outstanding, some of it long overdue. Faster recovery and preventing the build up of debt could bring in money which could be used to improve public services. My report identifies further opportunities for the Inland Revenue to improve how they collect debts.”

Published:
24 Mar 2004
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Tackling cancer in England: saving more lives

“The chances of surviving cancer are improving all the time. Under the determined leadership of the National Cancer Director, Professor Mike Richards, the Department and NHS have achieved a great deal in a short time. Saving an even larger number of lives requires more of us to know and act promptly on the possible symptoms of cancer.

“But the Department and NHS need to act to further reduce inequalities, geographical and between the affluent and deprived, and go on improving cancer prevention, screening, referral, diagnosis and treatment services. These are essential steps in meeting the Department’s goal to make England’s cancer services among the very best in Europe by the end of this decade.”

Published:
19 Mar 2004
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Cambridge-MIT Institute

“CMI has the potential to generate considerable impacts. Many of these will be long-term and are intrinsically difficult to measure. After a challenging start, I am pleased that CMI and the Department of Trade and Industry have been taking steps designed to maximise long-term success. Public sector organisations are increasingly expected to manage innovation, and we look to them to learn from the experience of CMI to improve their appraisal and management of innovative projects.”

Published:
17 Mar 2004
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Department of Trade and Industry: The United Kingdom’s Civil Space Activities

“There are many strengths to the United Kingdom’s space activities not least of which is a history of delivering lean, user focused programmes. The Partnership should better identify how it intends to benefit from the increased activity undertaken by the European Union in space, minimise project risk by early involvement in implementation, and better measure the benefits that space investment brings to the United Kingdom.”

Published:
16 Mar 2004
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Improving Procurement: Progress by the Office of Government Commerce in improving departments capability to procure cost

“Procurement is an area where departments, agencies, and other public bodies can achieve significant savings and improvements, thus releasing resources to be invested in front-line services. The Office of Government Commerce has made a significant contribution in helping to achieve 1.6 billion in savings so far, but a great deal more can be done. A higher-level commitment from departments to adopting good practice, as well as addressing specific issues such as better management of suppliers, will result in greater value for money.”

Published:
12 Mar 2004