What we do

Our vision is to help the nation spend wisely.

Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament, helping it to hold government departments to account and helping public service managers improve performance and service delivery.

We audit the financial statements of all government departments and a wide range of other public bodies, and produce around 60 value for money reports per year.

Our audit work has two strands:

  • We audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies and report the results to Parliament. (In 2013-14, we audited expenditure and revenue amounting to over £1 trillion across 427 accounts.)
  • In addition, our value for money studies – we publish about 60 each year – look at how government projects, programmes and initiatives have been implemented. They contain recommendations on how services can be improved.

Our work programme is focused on three areas that impact on all departments’ performance in achieving value for money: improving financial management and reporting; making better use of information; and ensuring that services are delivered cost-effectively.

Our work leads to savings and other efficiency gains worth many millions of pounds: £1.1 billion in 2013.

View these slides

An introduction to the National Audit Office (PowerPoint presentation – 1.13MB)

National Audit Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14 (PowerPoint presentation – 457KB)





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