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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

Achieving government’s long-term environmental goals

In January 2018, government published its 25 Year Environment Plan (the Plan), setting out its ambition to improve the natural environment in England within a generation, both for the direct benefits this would bring, as well as to support its influence overseas and position the UK as a global environmental leader. The Plan included ten … 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

Winter 2020

Learning for government on major programmes

The delivery of major government programmes creates a unique set of challenges. They often have bespoke features and require new technology, making them unlike previous projects, and they are complex because of their scale. Major programmes frequently encounter difficulties, failing to deliver to their planned cost and schedule, benefits, with significant consequences. The Government Major … Read more

Autumn 2020

Managing flood and coastal erosion risks

The Environment Agency estimates that 5.2 million homes and businesses in England are at risk of flooding and that around 700 properties are vulnerable to coastal erosion over the next 20 years. Over two thirds of properties in England are served by infrastructure sites and networks located in (or dependent on others in) areas at … Read more

Late 2020

Achieving net zero

In June 2019, the government passed legislation committing it to achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This means that the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions should be equal to or less than the emissions the UK removes from the environment either by the natural environment or carbon capture technologies. Achieving net zero will … Read more

Late 2020

Digital Services at the Border

Upgrading or replacing legacy systems and improving information at the border through digital transformation programmes has been an ambition of the Home Office since the launch of its e-borders programme in 2003 (in 2015 we reported on E-borders and successor programmes). This new report assesses the Department’s progress in delivering its Digital Services at the … Read more

Early 2021

Improving Single Living Accommodation

Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is accommodation provided to single and unaccompanied service personnel, normally by means of a Mess or accommodation block. The effective management and maintenance of SLA is crucial to providing a suitable estate that meets both the needs of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and service personnel, and secures value for money … Read more

Early 2021

Adult social care markets

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

Spring 2021

Reducing carbon emissions from cars

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

Spring 2021

Support for children’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic

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