Search for UK National Audit Office and
  1. April 7, 2014

    Cable faces more questions on Royal Mail

    Vince Cable is being recalled by MPs to give further evidence about the government's privatisation of the Royal Mail, after...

  2. April 2, 2014

    No ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on Royal Mail, says Vince Cable

    Vince Cable on Wednesday denied that there was any “gentleman’s agreement” with blue-chip investors on Royal Mail...

Special Reports

  1. Rail and Metro 2013

    Transport advances pinned on technology...
Search more Special Reports on this topic.

  1. FT Alphaville

    April 1, 2014

    A right Royal listing, charted

    The UK’s National Audit Office has delivered its opinion on the privatisation of that other British institution, Royal Mail....

  2. April 1, 2014

    Taxpayer lost out to big investors in mail float, says watchdog

    Blue-chip investors made “substantial” profits from selling their allocation of Royal Mail shares within weeks of its...

  3. March 28, 2014

    A fifth of UK big businesses pay no corporation tax

    One in five of Britain’s large businesses paid no corporation tax last year, while more than half paid less than £10m,...

  4. March 28, 2014

    Farm and business inheritance tax reliefs double in five years

    The cost of exempting agricultural land and businesses from inheritance tax has more than doubled over the past five years,...

  5. March 13, 2014

    Cutbacks put care providers at risk of collapse, NAO warns

    Private providers of social care services are at risk of collapse owing to steep cuts in the amount of money they receive...

  6. March 12, 2014

    4G auction preserved competition, says spending watchdog

    The auction of 4G spectrum last year has been commended by the UK’s public spending watchdog for maintaining competition....

  7. March 9, 2014

    UK’s Serious Fraud Office outsmarted by white-collar criminals

    The amount of ill-gotten gains the Serious Fraud Office is recovering from convicted white-collar criminals is falling as...

  8. February 25, 2014

    ‘Significant’ amount of £2.6bn Regional Growth Fund is unspent

    Most of a £2.6bn government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has...

  9. February 23, 2014

    Crown Prosecution Service targets improved asset recovery operation

    The Crown Prosecution Service will pledge to improve its track record on recovering ill-gotten gains and will deploy...

  10. February 13, 2014

    Deadlock over MoD plan for private sector arms experts

    The Treasury and Ministry of Defence are at loggerheads over proposed reforms that would allow the MoD to break civil...

  11. February 6, 2014

    Royal Mail privatisation row reignites

    A range of investment banks valued Royal Mail last spring at up to £1.5bn more than it was eventually sold for, according to...

  12. January 28, 2014

    Reviving the BBC after the scandals

    Since Tony Hall took over at the BBC last year, the director-general has been on a mission to refocus the broadcaster’s...

  13. January 28, 2014

    Watchdog attacks BBC management over digital project

    Director-General Tony Hall’s decision to scrap a flagship BBC technology project costing nearly £100m has come under...

  14. January 27, 2014

    BBC: the agony of managing ‘Auntie’

    Greg Dyke told staff “to cut the crap”, Mark Thompson insisted on one-to-one meetings, and George Entwistle . . . well, he...

  15. January 24, 2014

    UK ministers cap government IT contracts at £100m

    New rules published on Friday have set a limit of £100m for government IT contracts. The changes comes after a National...

  16. January 10, 2014

    NAO criticises G4S and Serco on accommodation for asylum seekers

    Scandal-hit security companies G4S and Serco are facing new criticisms from the public spending watchdog that they have...

  17. January 6, 2014

    NHS property company bailed out months after launch

    A company set up under controversial health reforms to manage the NHS property portfolio had to be bailed out just months...

  18. FT Alphaville

    January 2, 2014

    Rawhide in China

    China says rollover. From the FT’s Simon Rabinovitch: Faced with a mountain of maturing loans this year, China has given...

  19. December 30, 2013

    Fears after key China debt level soars 70%

    Local government debt levels in China have soared to almost $3tn in less than three years, according to an official audit...

  20. December 26, 2013

    Enterprise zones fall short on jobs targets

    David Cameron’s new wave of 24 enterprise zones is falling far short of the government’s targets for job creation, with...

  21. December 26, 2013

    Opinion divided on success of enterprise zones

    Enterprise zones policy can take longer to yield results than politicians imagine. Zones with established infrastructure...

  22. December 18, 2013

    Taxpayers lost out in first sale of Lloyds shares

    The first sale of state-owned shares in Lloyds Banking Group resulted in a £230m loss for taxpayers, even though investors...

  23. December 13, 2013

    UK plans university enterprise zones

    The coalition plans to create a series of “university enterprise zones” aimed at finding the next Microsoft or Yahoo,...

  24. December 11, 2013

    Free schools policy not helping in many areas

    The government’s flagship education policy has not helped large parts of the country facing shortages of primary school...

  25. December 6, 2013

    Coalition’s initiatives slow to create jobs, says UK watchdog

    The coalition’s efforts to boost local growth in England have been slow to create jobs and have yet to demonstrate they are...

  26. Off Message

    December 5, 2013

    An Autumn Statement for lawyers and accountants

    The table below summarises the net effects of the Autumn Statement’s policies: As Chris Giles explains, the fiscal...

  27. December 5, 2013

    Government misses welfare reform deadline

    The deadline for completing the government’s flagship welfare reform will be missed, Iain Duncan Smith has announced, in a...

  28. beyondbrics

    November 29, 2013

    China’s toll roads – who goes there?

    China’s local-government infrastructure initiatives are notoriously poor revenue generators. Toll roads may be the worst...

  29. November 28, 2013

    Miscalculation on student loans poses £5bn loss risk

    Ministerial miscalculations over student loan repayments have resulted in the potential loss of £5bn taxpayer-funded debt...

  30. November 19, 2013

    G4S offers to repay £24m for botched tagging contract

    G4S, the embattled security company, has offered to repay £24m after admitting it repeatedly overcharged taxpayers for the...

  31. November 13, 2013

    Energy bills row threatens investor confidence, business warns

    The political furore over household bills threatens to damage investor confidence and make it harder for infrastructure...

  32. November 13, 2013

    Households face rising energy bill, watchdog warns

    Households face soaring energy bills for the foreseeable future because the government has decided to rely on the private...

  33. November 12, 2013

    Public outsourcing could soon lose public support

    The heat is on for the companies who provide an ever-increasing proportion of UK government services. This week, a National...

  34. November 12, 2013

    Watchdog warns on transparency over outsourcing deals

    Ministers have been warned of a lack of transparency surrounding billions of pounds of contracts to groups such as G4S and...

  35. November 7, 2013

    Duncan Smith stands by under-fire welfare mandarin

    Iain Duncan Smith has endorsed his top official at the department for work and pensions despite a second critical report on...

  36. November 4, 2013

    MPs open fourth inquiry into aircraft carrier cost

    A powerful committee of MPs will open a fresh inquiry into the spiralling cost of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, after the...

  37. November 1, 2013

    Audit office wants more clarity on UK business finance schemes

    The coalition’s efforts to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would benefit from...

  38. October 27, 2013

    Shapps threatens BBC with licence fee cut

    The BBC could lose its exclusive right to the television licence fee, a senior Conservative minister has warned, saying the...

Search for UK National Audit Office and