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Triennial Review of UK Sport and Sport England

UK Sport and Sport England reviewed as part of wider Cabinet Office work on non-departmental public bodies

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced a triennial review of sports agencies UK Sport and Sport England as part of the standard requirement by the Cabinet Office for all Government departments to review their agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) at least once every three years. Announced through a Written Ministerial Statement (MS Word Document, 19.6KB) laid in Parliament, the triennial review will ensure that the agencies are still needed and are complying with principles of good corporate governance.

Triennial reviews have two aims:

  1. To provide a robust challenge of the continuing need for individual NDPBs – both their functions and their form; and

  2. Where it is agreed that a body remain as an NDPB, to review:

    • Its capacity for delivering more effectively and efficiently, including identifying potential for efficiency savings and its ability to contribute to economic growth; and

    • The control and governance arrangements in place to ensure that the public body and the sponsoring department are complying with recognised principles of good corporate governance, including an assessment of the body’s performance.

The two organisations are being reviewed together following the decision to maintain them as separate bodies with a shared reform programme, working closely together to realise significant strategic economic and operational benefits. You can read the terms of reference for the review here (MS Word Document, 21.6KB) and find out more about what UK Sport and Sport England do here (MS Word Document, 21.6KB) .

The review team is led by Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. We anticipate publishing the recommendations of the review in July 2015. A challenge group (MS Word Document, 13.9KB) is being set up to rigorously test and challenge the assumptions and conclusions of the review.

As part of the review, the Government sought views and evidence about UK Sport and Sport England through an online survey which closed on 4 January 2015.

Published 21 November 2014