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Wales Audit Office Proposed new governance arrangements - Briefing paper for the Public Accounts Committee 2010
The following briefing paper outlines for the Public Accounts Committee the Auditor Generals proposal for new governance arrangements for the Wales Audit Office
Our preliminary analysis of Section 52 statements suggested that special schools making similar provision for pupils with similarneeds may be funded at significantly different levels, between and even within authorities. In order to find out more about these differences, we sought to answer and find examples of good practice in relation to the question: ‘Are schools and councils using resources well to meet the needs of pupils in special schools in Wales?’
This briefing has been produced for the Public Accounts Committee and summarises the Wales specific outputs of our recent UK-Wide report in value for money in the police service – delivered jointly by the Wales Audit Office, the Audit Commission and the Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC).
In summary, the main concerns were that there were serious failings in connection with the grant award to Calon such as: the awarding of a grant designed for community groups to a private company without community consultation prior to the grant award; much of the information provided to support the funding bid was knowingly misleading, misrepresentative and inaccurate; and the grant process lacked transparency.In response to these concerns we have examined whether the award of public funds by FCW to Calon was appropriate, impartial and in accordance with the agreed criteria.
Police spending has increased significantly in the last decade, crime has reduced and public confidence has improved but while funding has increased the scrutiny and challenge of spending has been poor. This report provides a framework for change using a transformational approach linked to threat, harm and risk and challenges the police service to make significant future savings.
We examined whether the schools capital investment programme has been managed to best effect. The study fieldwork was completed during 2008-09.
Every year we publish an Annual Report, which summarises our work over the previous 12 months. It sets out our highlights, achievements and our future focus
This report summarises the joint Wales Audit Office and HMIC findings from the inspection of South Wales Police Authority which took place in March 2010.