General Reports and Other Publications

NHS Confed: Responding to the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, NHS Confederation deputy chief executive David Stout said the report's data helped make the case for tough decisions to change how care is offered.
Press release ~ Dr Foster Hospital Guide
 
FSAResearch published by the Food Standards Agency shows that 76% of oysters tested from UK oyster growing beds contained norovirus.
Press release & links
 
NAOThe National Audit Office has issued a supplementary report on the Carrier Strike project, having been given access to briefing papers held by the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.
Press release & links
 
ESRC: A more flexible approach to teaching methods & better community support could reduce school drop-out in high HIV-prevalence areas in sub-Saharan Africa, based on the early findings from 'Disrupting patterns of educational inequality and disadvantage in Malawi’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Press release & links
 
IfG: 12 months since the PM unveiled the business plans, all departments have missed deadlines for their reform plans, with many failing to deliver more than a quarter and one department missing over 50%.
Press release & links
 
RUSI: Members of the Climate Change and Security Programme have met high-level officials in Mexico to discuss the findings of a new interim RUSI report, Climate Change, Migration and Security: Best Practice Policy and Operations Options for Mexico..
Press release & links
 
IISS: The latest edition of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy (published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies) hones in on two very different issues that have been giving policymakers sleepless nights recently: the eurozone crisis and the possibility of a nuclear-armament. (published by the ) hones in on two very different issues that have been giving policymakers sleepless nights recently: .
Press release & links
 
ASC: A report published recently by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change (ASC) finds that over coming decades, Scotland could become increasingly vulnerable to impacts of climate change unless it strengthens measures to adapt.
Press release & links
 
DWPDisabled people are to benefit from further changes to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) following an independent review of the assessment which looks at someone’s fitness for work, Employment Minister Chris Grayling announced recently.
Press release & links
 
NAO: The National Audit Office has welcomed the publication by the Treasury of the very first audited set of accounts showing in one document the financial position of the whole public sector.  The accounts, the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA), are described as an important milestone for the Treasury in its improvement of the transparency with which the Government manages public finances and its accountability.
Press release & links
 
Civitas: As youth unemployment rises to record levels, a new Civitas report reveals that British workplaces spend £bns a year complying with clumsy equality legislation.  

The costs put particular strain on public sector organisations, as well as making it more difficult for businesses to create & retain jobs.  Furthermore, these policies have made jobs less accessible to disadvantaged, marginal workers.
Press release & links
 
WAO: Wales uses grants more extensively than the rest of the UK and many grants schemes are overly complex, with both funders & recipients rarely learning lessons from problems which have arisen with past schemes, according to a report published by The Auditor General for Wales recently.  

Many schemes are complex and can readily be streamlined, whilst recipients show a significant variation in the quality of their management of grant-funded projects at a local level.
Press release & links
 
NO: The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has upheld complaints from 9 farmers about the Government’s handling of a subsidy scheme which caused them to miss out on payments they were entitled to. The farmers complained to the Ombudsman about the administration of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) in 2005 and 2006 by the  Rural Payments Agency (RPA), part of Defra.
Press release & links
 
NAOHM Revenue & Customs will have to make sure its staff have the right skills if the Department is to succeed in cutting its running costs by 25% by 2014-2015 and bringing in each year an extra £7bn of tax revenue. The National Audit Office has reported to Parliament that HMRC does not know how much it is spending in total on skills development, or if its money is being spent in the right places.
Press release & links
 
PC&PE: The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has published a short report on the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) report, which was published in September 2011. The Committee heard evidence from Chairmen & Chief Executives of the major clearing banks and from Sir John Vickers, the Chairman of the ICB, in order to assess the significance of the report to the banking sector and the banks reactions.
Press release & links
 
NAO: The Care Quality Commission had a difficult task in establishing itself and has not so far achieved value for money in regulating the quality and safety of health & adult social care in England, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

The Commission missed deadlines for registering health & social care providers, other than NHS trusts, at the same time as levels of compliance & inspection activity were falling significantly.
Press release & links
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