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This page outlines our plan for business continuity during the coronavirus pandemic. We will update this plan as the situation develops. For the latest information, visit this page or follow us on Twitter. Latest statement As the UK’s independent public spending watchdog, we will continue to fulfil our statutory duties to support Parliament during this […]

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March 17, 2020

This page outlines our plan for business continuity during the coronavirus pandemic.

We will update this plan as the situation develops. For the latest information, visit this page or follow us on Twitter.

Latest statement

As the UK’s independent public spending watchdog, we will continue to fulfil our statutory duties to support Parliament during this challenging time.

We are mindful of the pressures COVID-19 is placing on government and are carefully considering our work to ensure we do not compromise the emergency response while providing Parliament and the public with timely reporting to support accountability and learning.

We are continually engaging with clients and reviewing our financial audit and value for money programme to take account of the situation as it develops.

Financial Audit

We are in close touch with officials at the Treasury and other audited bodies to understand the implications for their accounts production and we will be reprioritising our work accordingly. We aim to complete as many audits in line with our usual timetable as possible, but we expect there to be some delays.

Value for Money

We are currently reconsidering the NAO’s existing programme of value for money work. We will continue with our planned work as far as practicably possible and will recommence publishing when Parliament resumes sitting after Easter.

In light of the wide range of activities that form the Government’s response to COVID-19, we intend to carry out a substantial programme of work to meet Parliament’s accountability requirements.

This will include looking at government preparedness for the pandemic, the spending on the direct health response and also the spending on measures to protect businesses and individuals from the economic impact.

We will carefully consider the timing and nature of any work to minimise the impact on departments at this exceptionally busy time.

Our people

The wellbeing of our people is our priority. We are following Public Health England’s advice and taking all necessary steps to minimise the risks to our colleagues, their families and the wider public. Our systems are designed to be operated remotely and our staff are working from home.

Contacting us

We are currently unable to process postal deliveries internally so will not be able to respond to hard-copy correspondence until we return to our offices. If possible, please use our online form, email or telephone to contact us.

Last updated: 2 April 2020