National Audit Office Press Releases
The art of spending public money wisely
An interactive summary of the NAO’s presentations at Civil Service Live events, 2015, on four pervasive issues blocking public service improvement.
To meet the growing demand for public services while reducing total public spending, government needs to find radical new ways to increase the value for money from public spending and improve the quality of public services. In reviewing the ways in which national and local government bodies are transforming public service delivery the NAO has identified four pervasive issues that can block improvement in public service implementation.
This document combines the slides and narratives from presentations given by Amyas Morse, Comptroller & Auditor General, and NAO Executive Leaders at various Civil Service Live events in 2015, together with links to relevant NAO publications.
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Investigation into underpayment of State Pension22/09/2021 11:20:00
The Department for Work & Pensions (the Department) estimates that it underpaid 134,000 pensioners over £1 billion in State Pension. This was due to repeated human errors over many years, some level of which was almost inevitable given the complex rules and high degree of manual review necessary when assessing claims, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
The Environmental Land Management scheme15/09/2021 11:05:00
Core elements of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) new environmental grant schemes for farmers are not yet in place, increasing the risk to the initial roll out planned for 2022.
Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme08/09/2021 11:20:00
The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme was delivered to an over-ambitious timetable and was not executed to an acceptable standard, significantly limiting its impact on job creation and carbon reduction.
The challenges in implementing digital change21/07/2021 10:25:00
To deliver digital business change effectively, senior government decision makers need to better understand the business, technical and delivery risks associated with digital programmes, a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Local government and net zero in England19/07/2021 11:15:00
The recent (16 July 2021) report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that central government has not provided local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050, and its approach to funding their net zero work is piecemeal.
Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2020-2116/07/2021 12:43:00
Fraud and error overpayments in the benefits system rose again in 2020-21 to the highest rate ever recorded.
Efficiency in government15/07/2021 16:15:00
As part of measures to manage spending following the COVID-19 pandemic, government plans to increase its efficiency.
Crossrail – a progress update09/07/2021 11:25:00
Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that the revised schedule and budget agreed for Crossrail in April 2019 was unachievable because the programme was further from being complete than Crossrail Ltd and the programme’s sponsors understood.
Investigation into the British Business Bank’s accreditation of Greensill Capital07/07/2021 11:20:00
A National Audit Office review finds that Greensill Capital (UK) Limited was accredited by the British Business Bank (the Bank) as a lender under the government’s COVID-19 business support schemes using a streamlined version of the Bank’s established accreditation process in response to the policy requirement to provide prompt access to finance for businesses.