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English devolution deals

Devolution deals to devolve power from central government to local areas in England offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services for local users, but the arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended

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20 Apr 2016

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Local Enterprise Partnerships

The role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships has grown since 2010, but the approach taken by DCLG to overseeing Growth Deals risks future value for money.

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23 Mar 2016

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Local welfare provision

Overall spending on discretionary local welfare support by central and local government has reduced since April 2013. The consequences of this gap in provision are not understood.

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12 Jan 2016

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Financial sustainability of fire and rescue services

Fire and rescue authorities have managed funding reductions well. The Department for Communities and Local Government should, however, seek greater assurance that authorities are maintaining service standards and delivering value for money locally

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5 Nov 2015

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Impact of funding reductions on fire and rescue services

Fire and rescue authorities have managed funding reductions well. The Department for Communities and Local Government should, however, seek greater assurance that authorities are maintaining service standards and delivering value for money locally.

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5 Nov 2015

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Confirmed impacts: Drawing together information and insights across the adult care system

This impacts case study shows how our review of the whole adult care system and the increasing pressures on its financial and service sustainability aided the debate about meeting future care needs and highlighted the need for more research to identify the most effective ways of working.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF

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14 Oct 2015

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A Short Guide to the Department for Communities and Local Government

The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides, one for each government department, to assist House of Commons Select Committees.

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3 Aug 2015

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government 2013-14

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Communities and Local Government during 2013-14.

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22 Oct 2014

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Adult social care in England: overview

The provision of adequate adult social care poses a significant public service challenge. Demand for care is rising while public spending is falling.

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Published:
13 Mar 2014

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The Help to Buy equity loan scheme

The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is improving access to mortgage finance, but the scheme’s costs will be substantial.

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6 Mar 2014

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