National Audit Office Press Releases
Sustainability reporting in central government: An update
This briefing, prepared for the Environmental Audit Committee, provides an update on the quality of sustainability reporting by central government departments. It includes a review of current and planned requirements.
This briefing was prepared for the Environmental Audit Committee to support their progress report for 2010 to 2015. It revisits the topic of our 2012 briefingSustainability reporting in government by assessing progress in reporting on sustainability and evaluating current and upcoming requirements.
Part 1 of the briefing reviews current and planned requirements for sustainability reporting set by HM Treasury. It also presents the wider context of sustainability reporting, including developments in good practice and reporting in the devolved nations.
Part 2 of the briefing assesses the annual reporting of government departments against the best practice and requirements presented in part 1, and highlights both examples of good practice and potential areas for improvement.
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National Audit Office Press Releases
Environmental tax measures15/02/2021 11:15:00
The recent (12 February 2021) report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (the exchequer departments) have a limited understanding of how far the tax system supports government’s environmental objectives.
Protecting and supporting the clinically extremely vulnerable during lockdown10/02/2021 15:05:00
Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that the shielding programme was a swift government-wide response to protect clinically extremely vulnerable people against COVID-19. However, at the start of the pandemic there was no way to quickly identify all those who needed to shield, with the full list of those eligible for support not stabilising until May.
Improving Single Living Accommodation04/02/2021 11:15:00
After decades of under-investment, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is not meeting its commitment to provide all service personnel in the Armed Forces with high-quality subsidised accommodation, according to a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on Single Living Accommodation.
The BBC’s strategic financial management21/01/2021 16:15:00
The BBC has made substantial savings in recent years, but it is yet to tackle the most difficult aspects of its savings programme and faces significant challenges to its main source of income, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Investigation into the housing of rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic14/01/2021 14:15:00
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) reports that through its ‘Everyone In’ campaign, the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government (the Department) swiftly provided emergency housing for rough sleepers during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Equipment Plan 2020-203013/01/2021 11:15:00
Yesterday’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that the Equipment Plan remains unaffordable for the fourth successive year, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) estimating that equipment costs will be £7.3 billion higher than its budget between 2020 and 2030.
Investigation into preparations for potential COVID-19 vaccines17/12/2020 11:15:00
The National Audit Office (NAO) yesterday reported that the government has worked quickly to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines, successfully signing deals for five vaccines providing up to 267 million doses at an expected cost of £2.9 billion.
The government’s approach to test and trace in England – interim report11/12/2020 15:05:00
Today’s interim report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that the government has rapidly scaled up COVID-19 testing and tracing from a low base. It is not yet achieving all its objectives, with too few test results delivered within 24 hours, and too few contacts of infected people being reached and told to self-isolate.