There have been long-standing issues across the adult social care market, which COVID-19 has further impacted. These include increasing signs of market-stress, data limitations, and high staff vacancy rates and turnover levels. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for care due to an ageing and growing population with more complex needs, and … Read more
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Transport is the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions and the bulk of these come from cars. Government wants people to switch to cars that do not emit carbon dioxide to eliminate emissions by 2050. By 2030, government wants between 50% and 70% of new cars to be ultra-low emission (plug in hybrids), and by … Read more
This report will set out DCMS’ objectives for funding to charities during the pandemic and whether it is meeting them.
Towards the end of March 2020, as part of the measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed to all pupils except vulnerable children and children of key workers. Some year groups returned to school in June, but most children did not return until September 2020. Therefore, for several months the majority of pupils … Read more
Our study will examine the evolving financial pressures on local government and the support provided from central government.
This report will set out DCMS’s objectives for the Culture Recovery Fund and its work to distribute the funding.
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
Public service pensions are a significant part of the pensions landscape in the UK. As at 31 March 2020 the major public service pension schemes had over 8 million members, including active and deferred members, and current pensioners. Most of the main public service pension schemes are unfunded, with benefits funded from current contributions on … Read more
This guide provides key questions senior leaders need to consider when overseeing complex business operations.
The investigation will examine how the Windrush Compensation Scheme is delivering against objectives.
This study will examine whether the Department for Education is improving the financial sustainability of schools.
Over many years the NAO has reported on delays and cost overruns across significant Ministry of Defence (MoD) equipment procurement programmes, such as boats 4-7 of the Astute attack submarine (£1 billion over budget) and the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers (£2.75 billion over budget). Our recent report Defence Capabilities: delivering what was promised, found that … Read more
Government uses a range of delivery models to carry out its policy objectives, including arm’s length bodies. Arm’s length bodies account for around £200 billion of public expenditure a year and employ approximately 300,000 staff. They perform a variety of different functions across government including; running key public services, regulating public services and providing advice … Read more
This report will consider the progress the Ministry of Defence has made with estates disposals.
This study will examine whether product safety regime effectively protect UK consumers from harm.
This report will explore whether the National Law Enforcement Data programme is likely to meet user requirements.
This study will look at the progress of Crossrail since the NAO last reported in May 2019.
This study will examine how effectively central government and local government are working together on net zero.
This report will examine whether the Environmental Land Management scheme has been designed to meet the government’s strategic policy objectives.
This study will examine the value gained from the NHS’s arrangements with Nightingale and independent hospitals during the pandemic.
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
Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision making. It is increasingly relying on these models with more data now available and an increased emphasis on evidence-driven decision-making. Government last published guidance on modelling – the Aqua Book … Read more
This study will examine how well prepared the government was for the COVID-19 pandemic.