National Audit Office

The Waugh Zone November 22, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday, November 22… 1) KIM AND 'CAN YA?' Donald Trump’s overnight tweets are certainly keeping us earl...

NHS Blackhole Is Deepening And 'Not Sustainable', Warns Financial Watchdog

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK

The NHS faces “complete financial collapse”, it is claimed, after the UK’s financial watchdog discovered a deepening financial blackhole. In a d...

Waging War on Non-Compliance

Laura Gardiner | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Gardiner

The challenge of non-compliance may be opaque, but it's looming larger than ever. However, this shouldn't lead to gloom. The NMW's successful record, and the energy and resource that have been channelled into enforcement offer grounds for optimism.

The Government Is in Denial Over Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Deborah Lawson | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Deborah Lawson

The National Audit Office's report, Training New Teachers, is a stark warning, confirming that there is a serious national crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. The Department for Education (DfE) seems to be in denial, blaming anything but its own policies, like a child pointing the finger of blame at others to cover up its own poor behaviour.

Fifteen Years of Bad Decisions

Chris Evans | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Evans

£42million of taxpayers' money was poured into an organisation which was poorly managed and did not deliver the results expected. The simple truth is public money belongs to the taxpayer, not to Ministers. Every funding decision has to be viewed through this prism. In the case of Kids Company this was evidently not followed. It is only right that those who made these decisions are held to account.

IDS Is Struggling To Stop Losing Your Money

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalati...

Osborne Wants To Privatise Another Profitable Public Service

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has launched the coalition's bid to sell off Britain's 40% stake in Eurostar, sparking criticism as the publicly-owned rail service is ...

'Thatcher Would Be Turning In Her Grave Over Royal Mail Sale'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics

Royal Mail's controversial privatisation would have Margaret Thatcher "turning in her grave" as the business' shares went to a "masonic lodge" of City...

Cable Finally Reveals The 'Priority' Royal Mail Investors

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics

Royal Mail's "priority investors", who were given privileged access to shares in the controversial stock market flotation last October, have finally b...

Cable Admits Royal Mail Sale May Not Got Best Value For Taxpayer

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has admitted that Royal Mail's controversial stock market flotation may not have got the "maximum value" for the taxpayer, as MPs accused ...

Damning Report Reveals How Much You Lost In Royal Mail Sale

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

Royal Mail's privatisation left taxpayers short changed by £750 million as ministers were "too cautious" in their pricing of the business at just 330...

Why Has Osborne Not Spent Over £2bn Meant For New Jobs?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Most of a government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has increased, according to a new report...

The Government Failed To Collect Over £22 BILLION Owed To It

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics

At least £22 billion of overdue debt was owed to the Government for reasons including unpaid taxes, fines and benefit overpayments but officials have...

Public Sector 'Gagging' Employees To Keep Quiet About Problems

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

A powerful group of MPs has hit out at "outrageous" examples of public sector bodies apparently paying employees to keep quiet about problems. The ...

Government Departments Ordered To Stop Using Premium-Rate Phone Lines For Public Services

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK

Government departments have been ordered to stop using premium-rate phone lines for core public services. Guidance issued by the Cabinet Office admitt...

We Have an Opportunity to End England's Midwife Shortage

Cathy Warwick | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). That is about 175,00...

Large Businesses Are Being Suffocated of Good Ideas by Sidelining Small Businesses During Pitching

Philip Letts | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Philip Letts

It is all too common that small businesses aren't on a level playing field when pitching for business from larger firms. According to independent research by blur Group, the majority of contracts are awarded to service providers with existing relationships rather than the best ideas.

Money Spent on Medical Negligence Claims Could Be Reduced but the Right to Bring a Claim Must Remain

Caroline Klage | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Caroline Klage

Reports about the amount of money being spent by the NHS on medical negligence claims highlight the urgent need for deep-rooted changes in the way services are delivered and the way claims are handled...

'Titanic-Sized IT Disaster'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

The centrepiece of the government's welfare reforms has been branded a "titanic-sized IT disaster" after it was revealed that £34 million had already...

Superfast Broadband 'Behind Schedule' Says Highly Critical Report

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Tech

The government programme to roll out superfast broadband to 90% of the population is running late and lacks strong competition to protect public value...

BBC 'Paid Too Much To Senior Staff' In Redundancy Payments

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

BBC pay-offs to senior staff have breached the corporation's own guidelines by being over-generous and have "put public trust at risk", the National A...

Pickles Labelled 'Incompetent' After Department Runs Up £217m Overdraft

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

Eric Pickles' department has been reprimanded by the Whitehall spending watchdog after running up an unauthorised overdraft of £217 million. It's ...

Is HS2 Worth The Money?

PA | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK

The HS2 high-speed rail project has an estimated £3.3 billion funding gap which the Government has yet to decide how to fill, a report from a Whiteha...

Quarter of a Million New School Places Needed Because of Uncontrolled Immigration - Has the Government Factored in the Unknown Number of Bulgarians and Romanians Arriving on 1 January?

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

The latest report from the National Audit Office warns that a quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014 to meet rising demand because the past decade has seen the biggest increase in birth rate since the 1950s.

Vital NHS Whistleblowers 'Must Be Protected'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

More needs to be done to protect whistleblowers in the NHS, the government has been warned. The National Audit Office said NHS managers should be h...