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  • Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report 2005 Press Release

    Published on 27 September 2006

  • VFM Report 54: Educational Disadvantage Initiatives in the Primary Sector Press Release

    Published on 05 September 2006

    Educational disadvantage arises where there are impediments to education arising from social or economic disadvantage which prevent pupils from deriving appropriate benefit from education in schools. In the school year 2003/2004, €61.8m was made available under four main initiatives to address educational disadvantage. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that reviewed the targeting of additional resources, identified the interventions currently in operation citing opportunities for better practice and examined the arrangements in place for evaluating the effectiveness of the initiatives

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  • Press Release: Revised Practice Note on "Audit of Central Government Financial Statements in the Republic of Ireland"

    Published on 31 July 2006

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, today welcomed the publication by the Auditing Practices Board (APB) of a revised Practice Note [PN10(I) (Revised) “Audit of Central Government Financial Statements in the Republic of Ireland”] providing guidance on the conduct of central government audits in accordance with international auditing standards.

  • VFM Report 53: Rent Supplements Press Release

    Published on 22 May 2006

    Rent supplements are paid to persons living in private rented accommodation who have difficulty in meeting their rent payments. Most recipients of rent supplement depend on welfare payments as their main source of income. Annual expenditure on rent supplements increased from around €150 million in 2000 to around €369 million in 2005. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that identified the factors that gave rise to the rapid increase in expenditure, reviewed how well the scheme is managed and considered its future direction.

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  • VFM Report 52: Provision of Disability Services by Nonprofit Organisations (Press Release)

    Published on 15 March 2006

    The report presents the findings of a value for money examination on the arrangements between the State and the nonprofit sector for the provision of disability services, particularly as they apply to the larger nonprofit organisations. The State provided €877m to nonprofit organisations for these services in 2004. The examination looked at how the need for disability services is determined and responded to, the service framework within which the nonprofit organisations deliver these services and how services actually provided are monitored and evaluated. It also considered the issues that will have to be addressed in future delivery of the services.

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