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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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.
Investigation into government’s response to the collapse of Thomas Cook20/03/2020 11:15:00
The estimated total bill to taxpayers for responding to the collapse of Thomas Cook is at least £156 million, with some costs not yet known, a new National Audit Office (NAO) report has found.
Defence capabilities – delivering what was promised19/03/2020 11:15:00
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is struggling to deliver key parts of the UK’s planned defence capabilities programme, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published yesterday.
Supporting disadvantaged families through free early education and childcare entitlements in England16/03/2020 09:15:00
The take-up of free early education and childcare places and the quality of childcare providers is lower in the most deprived areas of England, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
The cost of EU Exit preparations09/03/2020 09:15:00
The recent (06 March 2020) report by the National Audit Office (NAO) examines how much government departments have spent preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU and what the money was spent on. It finds that by 31 January 2020, departments had spent at least £4.4 billion, while £6.3 billion was made available for EU Exit.
Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people28/02/2020 16:05:00
The Gambling Commission and government need to do more to ensure that regulation can protect gamblers effectively, according to a new NAO report.
The Equipment Plan 2019 to 202928/02/2020 08:15:00
The National Audit Office (NAO) yesterday reported that the Ministry of Defence’s Equipment Plan (the Plan) is still unaffordable, with the MoD estimating that costs will be £2.9 billion higher than its budget over 2019-2029.
Local authority investment in commercial property13/02/2020 12:20:00
Some local authorities in England have invested significant public money in buying commercial property1 over the past three years with the aim of generating a financial return. Debt has increased for many of these authorities as a result, with a small group seeing significant increases in the amount they owe and the cost of repayment, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).