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The National Audit Office

The National Audit Office The National Audit Office works on behalf of Parliament and the taxpayer to hold government to account for the use of public money and to help public services improve performance. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Amyas Morse, is an Officer of the House of Commons and head of the National Audit Office, which currently employs some 850 staff. He, and the National Audit Office, are totally independent of Government. The work of the National Audit Office saves the taxpayer millions of pounds every year: at least 9 for every 1 spent running the Office.

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Financial Management Report: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: HC 507, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2012-13

'Financial Management Report: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (HC 507)' finds that following the spending review the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is targeting a 27% reduction, after inflation, in ...more

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Regulating Defined Contribution Pension Schemes: The Pensions Regulator: HC 466, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2012-13

This report, 'Regulating Defined Contribution Pension Schemes (HC 466)', concludes that there is insufficient accountability to ensure that the regulatory system delivers value for money. The report highlights the taxpayer's substantial interest in the effectiveness of pension regulation....more

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Assurance for Major Projects: HM Treasury and Cabinet Office: HC 1698, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

The National Audit Office discusses the assurance for major government projects, such as the introduction of large IT systems, the construction of ships and helicopters and major changes to how services are delivered in this report, 'Assurance for Major Projects: HM Treasury ...more

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Improving the Efficiency of Central Government Office Property: HC 1826, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

In 'Improving the Efficiency of Central Government Office Property: Cabinet Office (HC 1826)' the NAO looks at the efficiency of central government office property since 2004. It finds that departments have made good progress in improving the efficiency of their ...more

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The Compliance and Enforcement Programme: HM Revenue & Customs: HC 1588, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'The Compliance and Enforcement Programme: HM Revenue & Customs (HC 1588)' reports on the performance of the major HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) initiative to improve the way it tackles evasion....more

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Delivering the Free Entitlement to Education for Three- and Four-Year-Olds: Department for Education: HC 1789, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

The national take-up rate for three- and four-year-olds in early education has been sustained at 95% since 2008 despite an 8% increase in eligible children, 'Delivering the Free Entitlement to Education for Three- and Four-Year-Olds: ...more

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Adult Apprenticeships: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Skills Funding Agency; and National Apprenticeship Service: HC 1787, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Adult Apprenticeships: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Skills Funding Agency; and National Apprenticeship Service (HC 1787)' finds that between the academic years of 2006-07 and 2010-11 the Apprenticeship Programme ...more

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Reorganising Central Government Bodies: Cabinet Office: HC 1703, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Reorganising Central Government Bodies: Cabinet office (HC 1703)' looks at how the Public Bodies Reform Programme, run by the Cabinet Office, is enabling departments to take over the functions of 65 public bodies and transfer those of another three to local government. ...more

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Digital Britain One: Shared Infrastructure and Services for Government Online: Cross Government: HC 1589, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Digital Britain One: Shared Infrastructure and Services for Government Online: Cross Government (HC 1589)' reports on how the Government has not in general measured the benefits delivered by its two central internet services ...more

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The Care Quality Commission: Regulating the Quality and Safety of Health and Adult Social Care: Department of Health: HC 1665, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'The Care Quality Commission: Regulating the Quality and Safety of Health and Adult Social Care: Department of Health (HC 1665)' details how the Care Quality Commission had a difficult task in establishing itself, and has not so far ...more

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Core Skills at HM Revenue & Customs: HM Revenue & Customs: HC 1595, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Core Skills at HM Revenue & Customs: HM Revenue & Customs (HC 1595)' reports that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will have to make sure its staff have the right skills if it is to succeed in cutting its running costs by 25% by 2014-2015 and bring in an extra 7 billion of tax revenue each year....more

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The Major Projects Report 2011: Ministry of Defence: HC 1520-I, Volume I: Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'The Major Projects Report (HC 1520-I)' indicates action taken by the Ministry of Defence to balance its overall budget in the short term following the Strategic Defence and Security Review has contributed to a near 500 million in-year ...more

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The Expansion of Online Filing of Tax Returns: HM Revenue & Customs: HC 1457, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) programme to increase online filing of tax returns has made significant progress. HMRC was set an ambitious timetable to expand the use of online filing and now more than 11.5 million customers a year are submitting one or more tax returns online, generating significant savings. ...more

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Department for International Development: Transferring Cash and Assets to the Poor: HC 1587, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Department for International Development: Transferring Cash and Assets to the Poor (HC 1587)' finds that directly providing international aid to the most poor and vulnerable people is showing clear and immediate benefits....more

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Oversight of Special Education for Young People Aged 16-25: Department for Education: HC 1585, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Oversight of Special Education for Young People Aged 16-25: Department for Education (HC 1585)' shows that, where comparable data is available, course outcomes for young people aged 16-25 receiving special ...more

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The Introduction of the Streamlined Process: The Crown Prosecution Service: HC 1584, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'The Introduction of the Streamlined Process: The Crown Prosecution Service (HC 1584)' analyses the national initiative introduced in 2008 by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers to cut the amount of ...more

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Flood Risk Management in England: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
: HC 1521, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

'Flood Risk Management in England: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (HC 1521)' finds that giving greater responsibility and discretion to local authorities to identify flood risk and target investment raises significant ...more

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Shared Services in the Research Councils: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: HC 1459, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12

The implementation of a project to create a centre to streamline back-office functions - such as finance, HR and procurement - for the seven research councils has so far not been good value for money, the report ...more

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