The Public Accounts Committee took evidence from the most senior civil servant at the Department for Education on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete, also known as RAAC. The Government promised swift action for the children left out of classrooms and the schools with reduced facilities, but from the answers we heard this is likely to go on for some time. See here for the full hearing. 

As part of my ongoing work on social housing, I spoke to the G15 group of housing association CEOs. The G15 houses around one in ten Londoners and includes housing associations such as Peabody, L&Q, and MTVH. I pressed the group on poor quality repairs for people in Hackney South and Shoreditch. We also spoke about the vital importance of having a good supply of properly affordable, socially rented homes, and what we can do to press the Government for action on this.

I was really pleased to meet with members of Public Accounts Committees from across the UK, as well as Malta and Gibraltar. It was good to share best practice and it served as an important reminder of the importance in scrutinising how our governments spend taxpayers’ money.