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Dear National Audit Office,

1. Please provide:

a. Any reports the NAO has produced in relation to investigations of CAFCASS and

b. the family courts

2. If the NAO were alerted to what seems a widespread fraud being perpetrated by a common abuse of process by legal firms and lower family courts, would it likely investigate the issue from the perspective of whether the costs incurred by the state in relation to the conduct identified and reflected in official figures represented value for taxpayer's money?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Graham

FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

REFERENCE: FOI-1078

 

Dear Mr Graham,

 

Thank you for your request for information about Family Courts and the
public's value for money.  Specifically, you have requested:

 

a. Any reports the NAO has produced in relation to investigations of
CAFCASS  and

 

b. the family courts

 

Your request was received 6 July 2017 and I am dealing with it under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).

 

You have also asked us the following:

If the NAO were alerted to what seems a widespread fraud being perpetrated
by a common abuse of process by legal firms and lower family courts, would
it likely investigate the issue from the perspective of whether the costs
incurred by the state in relation to the conduct identified and reflected
in official figures represented value for taxpayer's money?

 

We will not be treating this part of your enquiry under the terms of the
Act, as you are not requesting specific recorded information that we might
hold.  However, we will handle this as general correspondence and address
your question alongside our response to your FOI request.

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about this email, please
contact the FOI team.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Joseph da Silva | FOI Team
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7000 | Web: [1]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely

 

 

 

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References

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FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Graham,

 

Please find, attached, our response to your Freedom of Information
request. I have provided links below to the information referred in our
response.

[1]Cafcass’s response to increased demand for its services

 

[2]Departments’ oversight of arm’s length bodies: a comparative study

 

[3]OFSTED website  OFSTED also routinely inspects regional [4]Cafcass
services.

 

[5]Implementing reforms to civil legal aid

 

[6]Legal aid and mediation for people involved in family breakdown

 

[7]Children in care

 

[8]Care leavers’ transitions to adulthood

 

[9]Children in need of help or protection

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Nora Miller, FOI Team,
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7264

Web: [10]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely 

 

 

The information contained in this email, and any files transmitted with
it, is intended only for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed.
Such information may be confidential and privileged, and no mistake in
transmission is intended to waive or compromise such privilege.

If you have received the email in error, please notify the NAO's Post
Master at [11][email address].

This footnote also confirms that this email message has been swept for the
presence of computer viruses.

Please visit our website at www.nao.org.uk

 

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3. https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/cafcass/fi...
4. https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection...
5. https://www.nao.org.uk/report/implementi...
6. https://www.nao.org.uk/report/legal-aid-...
7. https://www.nao.org.uk/report/children-i...
8. https://www.nao.org.uk/report/care-leave...
9. https://www.nao.org.uk/report/children-i...
10. http://www.nao.org.uk/
11. mailto:[email address]

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