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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.
We reviewed the land and buildings management arrangements at 30 of the larger Welsh public sector bodies including local government, police, fire and most central government bodies. In the NHS we undertook a central review, supported by limited local fieldwork prior to the recent reorganisation. Arrangements for the management of NHS land and buildings have been guided by a range of all-Wales policies and procedures which have provided the basis for a more consistent approach in that sector. We also held ‘shared learning seminars’ across Wales to support the identification and sharing of good practice.