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:
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: almost £1.2 billion in 2012.
This presentation ‘An Introduction to the National Audit Office’ (PowerPoint presentation – 1406KB) and the National Audit Office Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13 both summarise our role and work.