Our work, along with that of the Committee of Public Accounts, leads to savings and other efficiency gains worth millions of pounds – almost £1.21 billion in 2015.

We audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies and report the results to Parliament. In 2015-16, we audited spending and revenue amounting to some £1.6 trillion in 368 accounts.

Our reports evaluate the value for money of public spending and recommend how public bodies, nationally and locally, can improve services.

Our audit teams examine common strategic issues for groups of bodies we audit. These bodies may be similar in the services they provide, or how they provide them, or work in similar contexts. This helps us to compare how bodies address these issues, share lessons learned, and deepen our expertise so our work is relevant and timely.

The issues we focus on in our work are:

  • securing an effective centre of government that facilitates the best use of public money;
  • maintaining effective local services under financial constraint;
  • improving the accuracy and effectiveness of high volume services to the public;
  • improving the effective delivery of major programmes and projects;
  • improving outcomes from a diverse range of providers, with effective oversight and intervention; and
  • strengthening influence and regulation to make markets work effectively.