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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 on our work to report on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit this page or follow us on Twitter. Our head, Gareth Davies, has written a blog reflecting […]

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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 on our work to report on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit this page or follow us on Twitter.

Our head, Gareth Davies, has written a blog reflecting on what COVID‑19 means for the NAO.

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 the 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.

Value for Money

In light of the wide range and significance of activities that form the government’s response to COVID‑19, we are carrying out a substantial programme of work to meet Parliament’s accountability requirements.

We have published two reports and one guide to date and have a further series of studies in progress. These are targeted on areas where we think there have been particular challenges and where we feel there is most to learn.

We have carefully considered the timing and nature of our work on COVID‑19 to minimise the impact on the government at this exceptionally busy time. We will continue to do so in future.

Read more about our programme of work.

Financial Audit

In recognition of the significant impact of COVID-19 on accounts production for many bodies, HM Treasury has extended its administrative deadline for the publication of central government accounts from 30 June to 30 September.

We have reprioritised our work accordingly and are carrying out our audits remotely, while making sure we maintain a high quality of work. We are working closely with our audited bodies to complete as many audits in line with our usual timetable as possible while taking into account the impact of COVID-19.

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 most of our staff are working from home.

We are allowing access to our offices for a limited number of staff.

We’ve identified individuals who need to return to the office environment, and conducted robust risk assessments for both our London office and our Newcastle office. We’ve made adjustments to both offices to facilitate the safe return of this small number of people.

Contacting us

We have limited ability to manage postal deliveries so any responses to hard-copy correspondence will be delayed. Our contact page has details about how to contact us.

Last updated: 21 July 2020