National Audit Office

'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...

UK Lacking IT Experts To Prevent Cyber Attacks

PA | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

A dearth of skilled workers is hampering Britain's ability to protect itself from costly internet attacks and it could take two decades to fill the ga...

Ministry of Defence Basking in Some Good News for Once

Peter Luff | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

I hope I may be excused feeling a little smug today - the chickens are coming home to roost in precisely the way I hoped they would. Two successive reports from the government's financial watchdog, the NAO, have effectively endorsed the very difficult decisions we took while I was at MoD.

Which Government Policy Cost £1bn More Than Forecast?

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An extra £1 billion was spent by the Government in the last two years on turning schools into academies, the spending watchdog has said. The Natio...

Ned Simons

Margaret Hodge Defends PAC From Michael Gove's 'Forces Of Conservatism' Attack

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics

Margaret Hodge has defended the role of the powerful Commons public accounts committee, which she chairs, after Michael Gove said it was one of the co...

NHS Trusts Receive £1bn In Bailout Funds

PA | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK

Struggling NHS trusts have received more than £1 billion in bailout funds in six years, figures show. The Department of Health gave emergency fund...

Move Down South If You Want A Longer Life

PA | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

English people will live longer than their Scottish neighbours, newly published statistics show. The average English man will live to the age of 78...

'Glaring Holes' In Welfare-To-Work Fraud Control

PA | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK

Ministers have been accused of leaving "glaring holes" in fraud controls on welfare-to-work firm A4e as one of its contracts was axed. The National...