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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 our recent work auditing the government’s response to COVID-19.

Latest statement

The NAO is delivering its full range of services while observing government guidance on safe working arrangements.

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 support Parliament in holding government to account.

We have published several reports and one guide for Audit Committees 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 for the future, such as around health equipment procurement and government financial support schemes.

Read more about our COVID-19 programme of work.

As well as our response to COVID-19, we are continuing to produce work across a broad range of major government expenditure to support Parliament’s scrutiny of public spending and service delivery. Our full list of work in progress is here.

Financial Audit

In recognition of the significant impact of COVID-19 on accounts production for many bodies, HM Treasury extended its administrative deadline for the publication of central government accounts for the year ending 31 March 2020 from 30 June to 30 September.

We certified around 170 accounts before the Parliamentary summer recess, and we are due to certify over 300 accounts by the revised 30 September deadline. This is in line with the usual number of accounts that are published by HM Treasury’s administrative deadline each year.

Our audit teams have been able to complete the majority of audit procedures while working remotely and the experience has generated several efficiency improvements which we will build into our future approach. Where audit visits to client sites are necessary, we are carrying them out in line with the government’s guidelines for safe working.

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, who we’ve identified need to return to the office environment. We are complying fully with government guidelines for safe working in offices. We have conducted robust risk assessments for both our London office and our Newcastle office.

Contacting us

To help us provide a prompt response, please use our online form, email or telephone to contact us. It may take us longer than usual to respond to hard copy correspondence.

Last updated: 28 September 2020