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Early 2020

BBC Studios

Building upon our 2018 landscape review on the BBC’s commercial activities, we are carrying out a value for money study examining whether the BBC is well placed to realise the strategic objectives of its commercial activities following the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios. Following an announcement in November 2017, the BBC merged the … Read more

Early 2020

High Speed Two: progress review

The High Speed Two programme aims to create a new high-speed rail service. The Department for Transport (the Department) is the sponsor of the programme and High Speed Two Ltd (HS2 Ltd), a company wholly owned by the Department, is responsible for developing, building and maintaining the railway. We have reported on the programme three … Read more

Early 2020

Electricity networks

The electricity network includes over 800,000 km of electricity cables which connect households and businesses to sources of energy generation. Network costs account for roughly one quarter of the typical household electricity bill. In 1990 the network was privatised and divided among several private companies. Ofgem, a non-ministerial government department, is tasked with regulating these … Read more

Winter 2019-20

EU Exit: The ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign

On 1 September 2019, the government launched a major communications campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, to help individuals and businesses prepare for EU exit. The Campaign included newspaper and television adverts, guidance, and direct engagement with industry. This report will examine the Cabinet Office led ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ communication campaign, including the procurement process … Read more

Early 2020

The administration of the Welsh rate of income tax 2018-19

Under the Government of Wales Act 2006 the NAO produces an annual report for the Welsh Assembly on HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC)’s administration of the Welsh rate of income tax. This year the NAO will be reporting on HMRC’s preparations for the administration of devolved income tax powers to Wales for the 2019-20 tax … Read more

Early 2020

The administration of Scottish income tax 2018-19

Under the Scotland Act 1998 the NAO produces an annual report for the Scottish Parliament on HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC)’s administration of Scottish income tax. As part of the report this year we will be reporting on the calculation of the final revenue attributable to Scotland for 2017-18 under the Scottish income tax powers … Read more

Early 2020

British Business Bank

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in the economy but sometimes have problems accessing finance. British Business Bank, which launched in 2014, supports SMEs in accessing finance to start and grow their businesses. The study will test whether the British Business Bank is optimally delivering access to finance for small and medium-sized … Read more

Early 2020

Government support to business

The support that government extends to businesses and industries is substantial and complex, including loans, grants, tax reliefs, training and business advice. Delivering this support is spread across central government departments and local bodies. The European Union provides support to UK businesses of around £3 billion a year. The study will review a sample of … Read more

Early 2020

The Equipment Plan 2019-2029

The Ministry of Defence’s (the Department’s) Equipment Plan will set out its equipment and support budget for the period from 2019 to 2029. It includes spending on equipment already in use and equipment in development. It accounts for more than 40% of the Department’s total spending, meaning stability of the wider defence budget depends on … Read more

Early 2020

Investigation into the rescue of Carillion’s PFI hospital contracts

The construction of the new Midland Metropolitan hospital and the extension to the Royal Liverpool University hospitals were funded by Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) and were being built when Carillion collapsed in January 2018. Both construction projects were not able to attract private re-financing and in mid-2018 the PFI contracts were cancelled and HM Treasury … Read more

Early 2020

Management of nuclear-licensed infrastructure projects

The Ministry of Defence (the Department) requires specialist infrastructure, such as docks and assembly facilities, to support its Nuclear Enterprise. In our 2018 landscape report we described the infrastructure environment and listed a series of projects which the Department had underway to upgrade facilities and build what it needs to support the Enterprise. A number … Read more

Early 2020

Improving the prison estate

The capacity of the prison estate is under strain and much of it is in poor condition. HM Chief Inspector of Prisons documented some of the most disturbing conditions the Inspectorate had ever seen in 2017-18.  HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has committed to improving the prison estate, including providing up to 10,000 new … Read more

Early 2020

Defence capabilities: delivering what was promised

The Ministry of Defence’s (the Department) need to deliver new defence capabilities quickly and in full is becoming more urgent due to pressures on resources and rapid developments in technology. Failure to deliver will see capability gaps, overextended use of old assets and extra costs from delays to delivery. Delivering a capability is about more … Read more

Early 2020

Review of capital expenditure in the NHS

The National Audit Office is undertaking a review of capital expenditure in the NHS. This follows on from our January 2019 report on NHS Financial Sustainability, which described issues with capital funding and planning, or how the NHS spends money on buying or improving assets such as facilities and technologies. This review will build on … Read more

Early 2020

Local authority commercial investment

Local authorities are subject to financial pressures from reductions in government funding and increased demand for services. One way that local authorities are responding is by making commercial investments to provide income (sometimes alongside other objectives). While local authorities have a long history of owning commercial assets, the last three years have seen a step-change … Read more

Spring 2020

Cost of preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU

By June 2019 HM Treasury had allocated £4.5bn to departments to fund preparations for the UK’s exit from the European Union in the period 2016-17 to 2019-20. This includes preparations should the UK leave without a deal. Departments have also allocated resources out of existing budgets. Our work on EU Exit to date has examined … Read more

Spring 2020

The use of digital technology in the NHS

The Department of Health & Social Care (the Department) and the NHS have published plans to use digital technology to help transform the way the NHS works. This study will consider whether the Department and the NHS have developed a workable strategy to deliver their ambitions on digital technology and data; whether they understand the … Read more

Spring 2020

Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI), first introduced in the 1990s, engaged the private sector to design, finance, build and maintain public infrastructure projects, such as a school, hospital or road. In return, the government makes annual payments to the private contractor over the life of the contract, typically 25-30 years. Currently, there are over 700 … Read more

Spring 2020

Supporting disadvantaged families through free early education and childcare entitlements

This study is part of the National Audit Office’s programme of work on services for children. It will focus on whether the Department for Education supports disadvantaged families and children effectively through the provision of entitlements to free early education and childcare. The study will cover the three entitlements funded by the Department for Education … Read more

Spring 2020

NHS nursing workforce

Getting the right NHS workforce in place is essential to deliver safe, high quality services as well as future service commitments as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Nurses constitute the largest NHS clinical staff group, but have also been subject to the largest shortfalls.  The study will examine how the NHS ensures that … Read more