Report details
Autumn 2016

Implementation of New State Pension & Pension Reforms

The government’s introduction of the new state pension in April 2016 was a fundamental change to the state’s pension provision and will affect everyone who retires after this date. This study will examine how DWP managed the introduction of the new system, and its assessment and communication of the impacts. We will also publish a report … Read more

Winter 2016

Equipment Plan 2016-2026

Since 2012, the National Audit Office has published an examination of the assumptions made by the Ministry of Defence in its annual statement of the affordability of its 10-year Equipment Plan. This year we are reviewing the Equipment Plan for the period 2016 to 2026. In November 2015, the Government published its latest Strategic Defence … Read more

Early 2017

Investigation into assurance arrangements over the Thames Tideway Tunnel

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a £4.2 billion underground sewer intended to reduce the volume of spills from London’s sewers into the tidal part of the Thames, and therefore achieve compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. Unusually for the privatised English & Welsh water sector, it is being delivered by a specially created … Read more

We will publish this report at an appropriate time after the conclusion of the deal.

Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C is due to be the first nuclear power plant built in the United Kingdom since Sizewell B, which was completed in 1995. The UK government has agreed the key commercial terms for a deal with EDF Group, the project promoters, including the price that it will receive for the power generated by … Read more

Early 2017

Capability in the Civil Service

The Government is renewing its approach to building civil service skills and capability. It recently refreshed its vision for the civil service and a new civil service-wide workforce plan. Further initiatives include plans to introduce pay flexibility to attract digital, commercial and other specialists, and launching a Leadership Academy to provide core training on civil … Read more

Early 2017

Integrating health and social care

Demand for health and social care services is rising, and funding is not keeping pace. Local authorities and health bodies need to find ways to manage and meet demand more effectively. Integration of health and social care services at the local level is one of a range of strategies local bodies are taking forward to … Read more

Early 2017

The Department for International Development’s approach to tackling fraud and corruption

The government is committed to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on international aid, and spent around £12.2 billion on aid in 2015. The Department for International Development (DFID), which spends most of the aid budget, is further committed to spending 50% of its budget in fragile or conflict-affected states. In many of these countries, … Read more

Early 2017

Local support for people with a learning disability

In 2012, in its report Transforming Care: a national response to Winterbourne View Hospital, the Department of Health set out its commitment to move people with a learning disability and/or autism and challenging behaviour out of hospitals if they would be better off supported in the community. In 2015, the NAO reported on progress to … Read more

Early 2017

Department for Education: Capital funding for schools

The Department for Education will invest £23bn in school buildings over the period from 2016-17 to 2020-21. Its aims are to make sure that there are sufficient school places to meet growing demand, to address the maintenance needs of the school estate, and to support the Department’s wider reform agenda, in particular by delivering buildings … Read more

Early 2017

Department for Transport and Highways England: Progress with the Road Investment Strategy

In 2013 the Government announced its intention to reform its approach to investment and management of the England’s strategic road network (SRN) – i.e. motorways and major ‘A’ roads. To achieve this the Department for Transport replaced the Highways Agency with Highways England; a government-owned company responsible for the enhancement, maintenance and operation of England’s … Read more

Spring 2017

Early progress on the government property strategy

The Cabinet Office’s Government Property Unit (GPU) was set up in 2010 to improve the centre of government’s ability to coordinate departments’ property needs. GPU also aims to reduce the number of office buildings by 75% (80% in London) by 2023. It is managing several programmes, including establishing “hubs” where departments share offices, the setup … Read more

Spring 2017

Electronic monitoring of offenders

The Ministry of Justice has used electronic monitoring for the management of offenders since 1999. In 2011 the Ministry sought to re-procure the service through a multi-supplier model, but the programme has been heavily delayed and a new service is not yet in place. This study will seek to explore the key reasons for the … Read more

Spring 2017

Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries

Through their condition or circumstances, vulnerable consumers are particularly susceptible to bad outcomes or experiences in regulated sectors such as energy, water, communications and financial services – a situation heightened by the importance of these services in everyday life. Issues faced by vulnerable consumers can include lack of access or choice, difficulty navigating firms’ processes, … Read more

Spring 2017

MOD: Delivering Carrier Strike

The ‘Carrier Strike’ capability comprises three elements which need to work together: the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers, the F35 Lightning II Aircraft and the Crowsnest radar system. Our study will examine whether the Department has effective arrangements in place for delivering Carrier Strike, the Department’s confidence in the programme baselines and forecasts, and how it … Read more

Spring 2017

Child Maintenance Case Closure

The 2012 child maintenance scheme replaces the existing 1993 and 2003 (legacy) statutory schemes for child support. Since 2014, the Child Maintenance Service has started to close cases set up through the legacy schemes, offering parents the option to create a new child support case under the 2012 scheme. The Child Maintenance Service expects to … Read more

Spring 2017

Digital Transformation in Government

The Government Digital Service (GDS) was set up in 2011 as the centre of digital expertise within the Cabinet Office, to “deliver world class digital products that meet people’s needs and offer better value for taxpayers’ money”. Since its inception, GDS’s work has included a number of digital strategies, standards for provision of digital services, … Read more

Spring 2017

Investigation: Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow was a charity that ran a national LGBT domestic violence helpline. It received specific grant funding from the Home Office for this purpose. Broken Rainbow went into liquidation in June 2016. This investigation will establish the facts around the collapse of Broken Rainbow, including: The financial management of the charity Home Office oversight … Read more

Spring 2017

Evaluating the government balance sheet: Borrowing

In June 2016, the National Audit Office published a series of reports which explored some of the major risks to public finances highlighted in the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA). These reports examined how these risks to the balance sheet have changed in recent years and considered how the government manages them. This study, the … Read more

Early 2017

Planning for 100% local retention of business rates

The government has pledged to introduce 100% local business rates retention by the end of the current Parliament. It will be implemented by the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Department). The Department is also carrying out a ‘fair funding review’ of the funding needs of local authorities, which will set the funding baselines … Read more

Spring 2017

VAT evasion by overseas online retailers

The NAO is carrying out an investigation looking at the risk of VAT (Value Added Tax) evasion by overseas online retailers. The investigation focuses on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) role in administering the UK VAT system, including managing and reducing risks to the collection of tax revenue. The investigation will examine: how this particular … Read more

Spring 2017

Sustainability within the Ministry of Justice

The Environmental Audit Committee has requested a review of sustainability within the Ministry of Justice. The briefing will examine: The Department’s arrangements to support and promote sustainability within: policy and policy making; governance and leadership; estates and operations and procurement. The most significant environmental issues the Department faces now and in the future. The Department’s … Read more

Summer 2017

Mental Health in Prisons

The 2016 Queen’s speech outlined prison reforms that put an emphasis on rehabilitation and reducing re-offending, and aspired to improve mental health services as part of this effort.The Department of Health and NHS England have commitment to “parity of esteem” between physical and mental health by 2020. A significant proportion of prisoners suffer from mental … Read more

Summer 2017

Alternative Higher Education providers

In December 2014, the National Audit Office published a report: Investigation into financial support for students at alternative higher education providers. The report identified a number of issues about the arrangements for oversight and funding of alternative higher education providers. The Committee of Public Accounts took evidence on the report in December 2014 and published … Read more

Spring 2017

Research and development: funding and oversight across government

Around £9bn is spent annually on research and development across government. BEIS has overall responsibility for government spending on science, technology and engineering but nearly 30% of science funding comes from other government departments. This study will establish whether departments are well-placed to maximise the impact of government’s investment in research and development by examining … Read more

Spring 2017

Securing Value For Money from non-competitive procurement in defence

The study will address the MOD’s use of non-competitive procurement, focusing primarily on equipment procurement and support. The lack of competition in defence procurement is an age-old challenge for government and it will remain an important and unavoidable feature of the UK defence industry for years to come. The National Audit Office last examined this … Read more

Early 2017

Ambulance Services

In England, 10 regionally-based ambulance services provide urgent and emergency healthcare and patient transport services, with separate arrangements for the Isle of Wight. In 2014-15, these services cost £2.1 billion. Demand for services continues to rise. In 2014-15, there were 9 million emergency calls to the ambulance service, compared to 8.5 million in 2013-14. This … Read more

Summer 2017

Managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts

Clinical negligence claims against NHS hospitals cost a significant and rising amount each year. In 2015-16, the Department of Health’s clinical negligence provision totalled £56 billion, and its expenditure in this area was over £1.5 billion. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) manages clinical negligence claims for all trusts in England. Its main scheme is … Read more

Summer 2017

Supporting and improving the teaching workforce

In March 2016, the Department for Education set out its ambition to build on and extend its reforms to achieve educational excellence everywhere. Having enough high quality teachers underpins this ambition. This study will examine the progress the Department, in conjunction with the education sector, has made to improve the quality of the teaching workforce … Read more

Summer 2017

Update on the Thameslink Programme

The Department for Transport is sponsoring a £7 billion programme to increase passenger capacity on the Thameslink route through central London. The programme involves the improvement of tracks, signalling and stations, a new fleet of trains and new franchise arrangements for running the passenger service on the Thameslink route. Our previous report Progress in delivering … Read more