The Northern Ireland Assembly is in Recess. The Business Committee will meet on the 1st of September and the First Plenary Sitting is the 7th of September.

Press Releases

Here you will find links to the Press Releases issued by the Public Accounts Committee arranged with the most recent at the top of the list.

01/07/2015

Broadband project grossly mishandled, says Committee

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today issued a highly critical report of the handling of a cross-border broadband project delivered by a private company, Bytel Networks Ltd. The report is the result of an examination carried out by the Committee. A report by the Committee of Public Accounts of Dáil Éireann will also be published today arising from its examination of the Bytel project.

Reference: PAC 07/14/15

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13/05/2015

Committee calls for radical overhaul of Courts Funds Service

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has today called for the urgent overhaul of the Courts Fund Office (CFO). In its report Managing and Protecting Funds Held in Court, published today, the Committee has criticised the CFO for operating what it terms ‘an archaic service’. 

Reference: PAC 06/14/15

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04/03/2015

Public Accounts Committee identifies room for big savings

The Health Service could make significant savings if doctors consistently prescribed lower cost medicines which are as effective as ones that are more expensive. This is the stark message from the Public Accounts Committee report on Primary Care Prescribing.

Reference: PAC 05/14/15

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21/01/2015

PAC calls for Urgent Reform of Financial Penalties Collection System

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee is calling for urgent reform of the system for collecting financial penalties in a Report published today.

Reference: PAC 04/14/15

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10/12/2014

Committee questions whether PFI funded project delivered value for money

The Public Accounts Committee has questioned whether a major Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project delivered value for money.

Reference: PAC 03/14/15

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22/10/2014

Social housing tenancy fraud still a problem, says Committee

A report on social housing tenancy fraud, issued today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the Department for Social Development (DSD) has failed to get to grips with the issue.

Reference: 01/14/15

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11/06/2014

Education Welfare Service must get to grips with school absence

An Assembly report, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the Education Welfare Service (EWS) is not on top of the problem of non-attendance at school.

Reference: PAC 09/13/14

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14/05/2014

Committee criticises high cost of Account NI

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has today reported on the performance of Account NI, which makes payments on behalf of all local Government departments as well as 18 other public bodies.

Reference: PAC 08/13/14

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07/05/2014

Committee calls for more robust investigations into Departmental fraud allegations

The Public Accounts Committee has today released two reports, published jointly, looking at the way investigations into the Roads Service and Northern Ireland Water were carried out.

Reference: PAC 06/13/14

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26/03/2014

Committee finds PSNI cannot show agency staff were value for money

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has today released a report examining the use of agency staff in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), a practice which has cost £106 million since 2004.

Reference: PAC 10/13/14

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