The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament.
Our audit of central government has two main aims. By reporting the results of our audits to Parliament, we hold government departments and bodies to account for the way they use public money, thereby safeguarding the interests of taxpayers. In addition, our work aims to help public service managers improve performance and service delivery.
The Audit and inspection rights are vested in the head of the National Audit Office, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The staff of the NAO carry out these tasks on his behalf.
Our work reveals recurring issues across different government departments and bodies, including three general areas where we have found that improvement is frequently needed. We are therefore focusing our output on:
The NAO does not audit local government spending, publish statistical information or audit the spending of the devolved governments in the rest of the UK.
For UK Statistics - see the: Office for National Statistics
For Local Government spending – see the: Audit Commission
(NB: In August 2010, the government announced its intention to abolish the Audit Commission. Future arrangements to local government spending will be subject to Parliamentary legislation.)