National Audit Office Press Releases
Government Commercial and Contracting: an overview of the NAO’s work
This overview of the NAO’s work on the government’s management of contracting examines subjects including the government’s commercial capability, accountability and transparency, and its management of contracted-out service delivery.
Government now spends about £225 billion a year with private and voluntary providers. The role of providers in the public sector has evolved from relatively simple contracts to provide goods or established services, to innovative high profile commissioning arrangements in sensitive public service areas such as health and justice.
The NAO and the Public Accounts Committee have acknowledged improvements in the government’s management of contracts in recent years. But there is much more to be done for government contracting to be effective, meet expected public service standards and provide better value for money for the taxpayer. This overview also looks at areas for improvement including greater transparency of suppliers’ performance, cost and revenue.
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British Tourist Authority’s annual report and accounts 2018-19 (trading as VisitBritain & VisitEngland)26/05/2020 09:10:00
The 2018-19 accounts of the British Tourist Authority (BTA), also known as VisitBritain and VisitEngland, have received a qualified opinion1 from the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office, Gareth Davies, due to irregular procurement activities and payments of £1.115 million. This is the third consecutive year that irregular payments have been identified in the NAO’s audits of the BTA’s accounts.
Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic22/05/2020 11:15:00
Yesterday’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO) provides an overview of government’s wide-ranging response to COVID-19. It has found that between 31 January and 4 May, government made over 500 announcements.
Digital transformation in the NHS15/05/2020 11:25:00
This report was prepared before the Coronavirus pandemic. We recognise that the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS have unprecedented operational priorities to deal with, and we have agreed with them to publish this report because it contains valuable information that will remain relevant and help with digital transformation in the NHS in the longer-term.
Environmental Sustainability Overview14/05/2020 11:15:00
The National Audit Office (NAO) yesterday reported that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made some headway in meeting its environmental sustainability objectives.
Improving the lives of women and girls overseas30/04/2020 13:33:00
The Department for International Development’s (DFID) 2018 Strategic Vision for Gender Equality is ambitious and well-researched but DFID needs to improve its management of the Vision’s implementation if it is to achieve its intended impact, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme24/04/2020 15:43:00
If the Palace of Westminster’s Restoration and Renewal Programme is to successfully deliver a restored and working Palace in the early 2030s, and achieve value for money, the risks associated with complex major infrastructure programmes must be addressed now, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office.
Water supply and demand management25/03/2020 16:15:00
The government must take more concerted action now to prevent parts of southern England running out of water within 20 years, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published today.
Universal Credit advances fraud20/03/2020 12:20:00
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified nearly 100,000 Universal Credit claimants that it suspects may have claimed an advance1 fraudulently, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). In total, these advances are worth an estimated £100-£150 million.