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Autumn 2020

Increasing the number of ventilators available to the NHS in response to COVID-19

In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect to procurement and supply chains for items such as ventilators. This new investigation will set out the facts about the government’s efforts to rapidly increase the number of … Read more

Autumn 2020

Managing colleges’ financial sustainability

There are around 250 further education colleges and sixth-form colleges in England. Between them, they educate and train over 2 million learners, in a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. Colleges form an important part of the local and national education infrastructure. They are autonomous bodies, free to make their own educational and financial … Read more

Autumn 2020

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed the risks created by its response to the crisis. This new investigation will look at the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme. It will describe the scheme’s purpose and how it functions; performance to date; and … Read more

Autumn 2020

Improving bus services in England

In 2019, buses accounted for over 50% of public transport journeys in England outside London, and they are particularly important for people on lower incomes. The majority of local buses are commercial services but central and local public funding support shows their importance to the wider economy and society. The Department for Transport has a … Read more

Autumn 2020

The UK border: preparedness for the end of the transition period

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU). There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  The current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU continue to apply during the transition period. The government is … Read more

Autumn 2020

Improving Broadband

The government has made broadband internet provision a policy priority, citing significant benefits to the UK economy. In 2010 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched its Superfast Broadband programme to support the roll out of high speed internet (download speeds of at least 24Mbps) to the hardest to reach areas in the … Read more

Autumn 2020

The production and distribution of cash

The use of cash has declined in recent years, as many people have increasingly turned to alternative payment methods. The study will examine how well public authorities are overseeing and managing the cash system. It will cover the roles of HM Treasury, the Bank of England, the Royal Mint, the Payment Systems Regulator and the … Read more

Autumn 2020

Investigation into the free school meals voucher scheme

On 31 March 2020, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education launched a voucher scheme to help give the 1.4 million children in England eligible for free school meals continued access to meals while they were not attending school. Schools joining the scheme can order shopping vouchers worth £15 … Read more

Autumn 2020

Supplying the NHS and adult social care sector with personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital for preventing and controlling the spread of infection in health and care settings.  It needs to be readily available, effective and supported by clear guidance covering the circumstances of its use. In our report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signal an intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect … Read more

Late 2020

Childhood obesity

One in five children aged 11 are obese, and the proportion of 10-11-year-old children classified as obese increased from 17.5% to 20.1% between 2006-07 and 2017-18. Obesity often results in lower life expectancy and a higher chance of suffering from cancer, diabetes and other health problems. NHS England estimates that the NHS spent £6.1bn on … Read more