Our national reports and studies help public bodies manage the financial challenges they face by providing authoritative, unbiased, evidence-based analysis and advice.
Research focuses on financial and other management issues in local public services. It draws on analysis of local and national data and aims to help councils, NHS bodies and other local agencies review and challenge their current arrangements and performance.
The Audit Commission has published Striking a Balance which encourages English councils to focus more attention on the £12.9 billion set aside in their reserves.
How best practice tariffs (BPT) impact locally in the NHS and how to improve implementation. We explore the reasons behind the variation in BPT achievement and identify good practice.
The report finds that in 2011/12, councils largely delivered their planned savings and in many cases added to reserves. However, auditors reported that signs of financial stress were visible.
This report finds that councils are targeting their investigative resources more efficiently and effectively, detecting more than 124,000 cases of fraud in 2011/12 totalling £179 million. But it urges them not to drop their guard…
A summary of the findings from the Commission’s 2011/12 audit of primary care trust, NHS trust and strategic health authority accounts.