No evidence of monitoring for eight PSBP projects, NAO found
The Department for Education (DfE) told the National Audit Office (NAO) it was ‘too early to conduct a review’ of the DfE’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).
PSBP has been used by the DfE to fund new school buildings since 2011/12 after Building Schools for the Future was cancelled.
DfE changed way of PSBP reporting five times
Since then, the DfE has ‘changed the way it reported on the Priority School Building Programme five times between 2012 and 2017 as it disaggregated or merged parts of the programme,’ NAO reported.
In 2011/12, PSBP was one programme. In the second quarter of 2014/15, it was divided into two: PSBP Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and PSBP Capital. In the following quarter, a new scheme, PSBP 2 was added.
In 2016/17, PSBP 1 & 2 were merged then separated the following year. Reporting of PSBP 1 continued until March 2018; PSBP PFI and PSBP 2 are still ongoing.
The NAO found there was ‘no evidence of either monitoring or review’ for eight PSBP projects. These included three projects which were cancelled.