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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

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

Winter 2020/21

Equipment Plan 2020-2030

The Ministry of Defence (the Department) publishes its Equipment Plan report each year, setting out its intended investment on equipment and support projects over the next 10 years. It assesses whether this is affordable within its future budget. The Plan includes equipment already in use, such as the Lightning II jets, and in development, such … Read more

Early 2021

Environmental tax measures

Tax measures which have an environmental impact act alongside government’s wider environmental objectives. As these objectives have become more ambitious, the role of the tax system may become more important. HM Treasury’s 2020-21 review into funding the transition to a net zero greenhouse gas economy explicitly plans to “consider the full range of government levers, … Read more

Early 2021

Administration of Welsh income tax 2019-20

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, we will report on HMRC’s estimate of the revenue attributable to Wales during 2019-20, following the introduction of the Welsh rates of … Read more

Early 2021

Defence: 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

Administration of Scottish income tax 2019-20

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. This year we will be reporting on the calculation of the final revenue attributable to Scotland for 2018-19 under the Scottish income tax powers and HMRC’s estimate of the … Read more

Winter 2020/21

The UKRI’s management of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is a significant part of the government’s commitment to spend £4.7 billion on research and development over four years. The ISCF also supports the ambitions set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), established in April 2018, is responsible for implementing the ISCF, which is … 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

Spring 2021

Public Service Pensions

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

Spring 2021

Improving the performance of defence equipment contracts

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