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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The NAO studies and audits of financial statements and documentary evidence in the public domain, to highlight the many challenges to an efficient system. Major changes are being made to the criminal justice system at the same time as significant reductions in resources. At the end of March 2013, for example, the number of police officers was some 127,000, or 10 per cent lower than three years earlier other statistics from the The National Audit Office……..

The number of crimes estimated in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, year June 2013. 8 million

£17.1 billion
funding of the criminal justice system by central government.

£24 billion
Estimate of the social and economic cost of organised crime to the UK annually

The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament.

NAO audits central government. By reporting the results of the audits to Parliament, the hold government departments and bodies are held to account for the way they use public money, thereby safeguarding the interests of taxpayers. In addition, the work aims to help public service managers.
The Comptroller and Auditor General, Amyas Morse, is an Officer of the House of Commons. His staff at the NAO (numbering about 860) are independent of government, are not civil servants and do not report to any Minister.
The NAO does not audit local government spending, publish statistical information or audit the spending of the devolved governments in the rest of the UK.
UK Statistics come from see the Office for National Statistics,
while Local Government spending comes from the: Audit Commission
but in August 2010, the government announced its intention to abolish the Audit Commission, local government spending will be subject to Parliamentary legislation in future it was determined. The types of policy which on which reports are made include Citizens & services,Children and families,Civil society and commissioning
Culture, Media and Leisure,Education and skills,Employment, jobs and careers
Health and social care.

So any type of policy seems to be monitored in this fashion?