Magazine article Public Finance

Coming Up

Magazine article Public Finance

Coming Up

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ACADEMY EXAM

The National Audit Office is examining the Department for Education's expansion of the academies programme. All schools ate now able to apply for academy status and their number incteased from 203 in August 2010 to moie than 1,600 in March 2012. The NAO's study is considering how well the DfE planned and managed the expansion and whether the funding and oversight is adequate to manage risks to value for money.

RETIREMENT REVIEW

The range of interventions the gwemment deploys to directly and indirectly influence future retirement incomes is also coming under the scrutiny of the National Audit Office. It is looking at whether government hasagood understanding of the costs and benefits of its policies in areas such as the state pension, pensioners' benefits and encouragement of savings and longer working careers. It will also fook at whether these policies are being managed in a coherent and cost-effective way. …

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