Annual Reports

EHEnglish Heritage's Annual Report and Accounts were laid before Parliament recently.  In addition to the accounts, the Annual Report & Accounts includes the Chief Executive's report on the year, easy to use charts showing the year in numbers and for the first time, English Heritage's performance against various sustainability indicators.
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PB: The Parole Board for England & Wales has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11, reporting on its performance against business plan targets, statistics for determinate sentence and indeterminate sentence prisoners and accounts for the year.
Press release ~ PB: Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11
CSC: The Civil Service Commission has published its annual report for 2010-11 which details the Commission's role in regulating appointments to the Civil Service to ensure they are made on merit on the basis of fair & open competition.  

The report also outlines the work of the Commission in hearing appeals under the Civil Service Code - the ethical code that is part of the terms and conditions of employment of all civil servants.
Press release ~ Civil Service Commission annual report for 2010-11(VLF 10.92Mb)
NAO: Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General has qualified his audit opinion on the 2010-11 accounts of the Ministry of Defence owing to material error arising from adopting accounting policies which do not fully comply with International Financial Reporting Standards.  

He has also limited the scope of his audit opinion on the grounds of inadequacy of evidence to support the accounting for certain expenditure and balances in the financial statements
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NAO: Amyas Morse, the Comptroller & Auditor General, has not been able to give a clear audit opinion on the 2010-11 accounts of the Skills Funding Agency in relation to how the Agency has accounted for further education colleges.
The audit opinion of the C&AG is that, under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), further education colleges should be treated as subsidiaries of the Agency and therefore their financial results should have been consolidated in the Agency’s statements.  The C&AG has therefore concluded that the Agency’s accounts do not present a true & fair view.
Press release ~ Skills Funding Agency Accounts 2010-11
NAO: The head of the National Audit Office, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has qualified the 2010-11 accounts of the Department for Work and Pensions.  The Department’s accounts have been qualified every year since 1988-89.

The latest accounts have been qualified because of the material level of fraud & error in expenditure on state benefits (except for the State Pension which has a low level of error).  The total of overpayments made by DWP, due to fraud and error, is an estimated £3.3bn (or 2.1% of total expenditure on benefits administered by the DWP of £153.6bn).
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CCRC: The Criminal Cases Review Commission has recently published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11.  The Annual Report sets out the Commission’s assessment of its performance in 2010/11 and publishes the accounts of the organisation which was set up to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.
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PC&PE: The events of the 'Arab Spring' should stand as a reminder to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that failing to take a stronger & more consistent stance against human rights violations by overseas regimes can carry risks for the UK, says the Foreign Affairs Committee in its Report on the department's 2010-11 human rights work, published last week. 
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NAO: Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has qualified the respective accounts of theDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairsand theRural Payments Agency.
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Newswire – HPA: Digital mapping techniques have enabled the Health Protection Agency and British Geological Survey to produce a new radon map of Scotland. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which seeps up from the ground and is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK.
The new technique has led HPA scientists to estimate that between 2,000 and 5,000 Scottish homes could have radon concentrations above the radon action level where work would be recommended to protect occupants - a rise on the numbers predicted in the 2009 map.
Press release & links ~ HPA-CRCE-023: Indicative Atlas of Radon in Scotland
WAG: Steady progress has been made on implementing the Welsh Government’s Welsh-medium Education Strategy, according to the first annual report published last week. The Strategy, published last year, aims to develop effective Welsh-medium provision from nursery through to further & higher education, and has a detailed action plan & specific outcome targets.
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