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Summer 2022

Value of Accounting Officer Assessments for Government programmes

It is almost five years since HM Treasury introduced the requirement for a department’s Accounting Officer to personally review its major projects and programmes against four criteria – regularity, propriety, feasibility and value for money – and to publish a summary. These are known as Accounting Officer assessments. This review will look at: how well … Read more

Summer 2022

Sport participation

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for maximising participation in sport and physical activity. It is supported in this role by Sport England, an arm’s length body of DCMS, which aims to grow grassroots sport and help get more people active. During the past decade DCMS and Sport England’s approach has evolved through … Read more

Summer 2022

Progress combating fraud

Fraud against both businesses and individuals is a serious and growing problem in the UK. The Home Office (the Department) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are responsible for delivering many of the government’s objectives on combatting fraud. The Home Office is also developing a new Fraud Action Plan. This study will assess the effectiveness … Read more

Summer 2022

Electronic monitoring

Electronic monitoring (‘tagging”) allows the police, courts, probation, and immigration services to monitor an offender’s location and compliance with court orders and take action as necessary. In 2017, we examined The new generation electronic monitoring programme. HM Prison & Probation Service recently decided to suspend development of a new IT system intended to allow bodies … Read more

Autumn 2022

Supporting vulnerable adolescents

Adolescents who are exposed to dangers such as substance abuse, criminality, and exploitation, both inside and outside the family, are at greater risk of adverse outcomes. These may include severe mental health difficulties, homelessness, physical or mental harm, periods of not being in education, employment or training, and contact with the criminal justice system. Addressing … Read more

Winter 2022/23

BBC Digital

The BBC has an ambition of extracting more value from its online presence and sees accelerating digital as essential to its success. To achieve this, the BBC is undertaking a digital transformation. The BBC is also seeking to enhance its digital portfolio, which includes iPlayer, Sounds, News and Sports.   Our report will assess whether … Read more