Many FE colleges are struggling financially, with concerns raised by the National Audit Office and Ofsted about the resulting impact on students' education.

 

This Thursday at 10am, the Public Accounts Committee will be challenging officials from the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency on how they'll support colleges to retrain and reskill people for the post-COVID jobs market.

 

Click here to watch the hearing in full.  

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Today at 2:30pm, I'll be questioning Government officials over the Ventilator Challenge. This was the attempt by Government to procure medical ventilators at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

I'll be asking:

 

- Was there value for taxpayers' money?

- Did it work to equip our NHS for the first COVID-19 peak?

- Is the NHS now prepared for a second wave?

 

Watch live by clicking here

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The Public Accounts Committee has today published a report on the Government's Progress in remediating dangerous cladding.

Three years after the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people lost their lives, only a third (155 out of 455) of high-rise buildings with Grenfell-style flammable cladding due to be fixed by now have had their cladding replaced with a safe alternative.

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The Public Accounts Committee published a report on the Government’s response and preparedness for the pandemic. I was astounded that the most senior civil servant (Permanent Secretary) at the Treasury, Tom Scholar, conceded that the economic implications of a pandemic were not considered during pandemic preparations in 2016.

Failure to plan is planning to fail. Read the full report here.

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As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I've repeatedly raised concerns over Ministry of Defence spending. See our most recent report by clicking here.

Today I again challenged the Government over its plans for yet another defence review.

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The Government has announced that the management of all offenders will be transferred to the National Probation Service. This comes just five years after Chris Grayling introduced a programme of privatisation whilst Secretary of State for Justice.

The Public Accounts Committee, which I chair has repeatedly highlighted the flaws in the privatisation model, the management of the contracts and the lack of resilience.

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Crossrail was due to be completed in late 2018. It is now not likely to open until spring 2020 (at the earliest) and will be at least £2.8 billion over-budget.  

See me challenge the Department for Transport and Crossrail management team on this here.

Read the transcript of the PAC hearing here.

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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

The PAC has repeatedly raised concerns about the current franchising model; it has been challenged in the courts and we see few bidders for each franchise. All clear signs that there is a problem.

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