The National Audit Office is carrying out an investigation looking at three PFI waste incinerator projects to gain insight into the role of Defra in promoting value for money. Under its Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme, the Department has allocated £3.5bn in grants to 28 local authorities for waste infrastructure projects. This is just one of the many reviews on structures. and the plans of parliament. The many topics reviewed are varied and provided useful scrutiny of what is going on in the world.

Due to the 2010 Spending Review, budget cuts have been made to maintenance of the road network. These are to be examine whether the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency have delivered their planned savings of around £1.2 billion in respect of national and local road maintenance.

In April 2014, the 151 local health and wellbeing boards, which were established in April 2013, will submit final plans on how they will spend the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund from April 2015. The NAO will examine how well placed boards are to make the most of the Better Care Fund to encourage integration of health

In February 2013, the National Audit Office published a review of the UK Cyber Security Strategy, indicating Government’s plans to implement the National Cyber Security Programme with £860m of funding until 2015-16. Following this review and the Public Accounts Committee’s subsequent evidence session, the Committee asked the NAO to provide an update on how this was progressing.
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“Public Accounts Committee publishes its 50th report examining the roll-out of the rural broadband programme. ”
Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, comments on
report and the £1.2 billion rural broadband programme on the Parliament website. The scheme is designed to help get broadband to areas, mainly rural, where commercial broadband infrastructure providers currently have no plans to invest.
There is also a comment about Royal Mail…….
“The share price closed up by 38% on its first day of trading which could have netted the taxpayer an additional £750 million…..”(quoted from the Parliament website)•
The Office of National Statistics indicated that “on an output per hour basis, UK labour productivity increased by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013 to a level that was 0.7% higher than a year before.
The ups and downs of reports provide interesting reading and food for thought more than the five aday perhaps.