In 2015, the then Prime Minister announced his decision to build a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre (the Centre) as recommended by the Holocaust Commission. The government tasked the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (the Department) with managing the delivery of the Centre.
In 2022, construction of the Centre has not yet begun. However, there are risks and uncertainties emerging which are likely to increase costs and cause delays. The National Audit Office received correspondence from Members of Parliament who raised concerns about the governance, cost transparency and management, and how the aims and specifications of the programme could be achieved. We are carrying out an investigation into how the programme has been set up and what the emerging risks to value for money are at this early stage. It will cover:
- how the Department is set up to manage the programme;
- maximising the value of the programme; and
- emerging risks to cost and schedule.
This investigation does not seek to conclude on value for money. We did not assess the initial decision to create the Centre or the choice of its location, although we do examine the risks that have materialised as a result of that decision.