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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. Our head, Gareth Davies, has written a blog reflecting on what COVID‑19 means for the NAO. Latest statement As the UK’s independent […]

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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.

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 intend to carry out a substantial programme of work to meet Parliament’s accountability requirements.

We are beginning with some factual reporting and then using this work to identify a risk-based series of evaluative studies for the future. These will be 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, working closely with HM Treasury and other audited bodies. We aim to complete as many audits in line with our usual timetable as possible, but the publication of some accounts will be delayed until the autumn.

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.

From 1 June we are allowing access to our London Office for a very limited number of staff.

We’ve identified individuals who need to return to the office environment, conducted a robust risk assessment and adjusted our 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. If possible, please use our online form, email or telephone to contact us.

Last updated: 29 May 2020