The Annual Report highlights that, during 2015-16, we certified 368 accounts, published 65 reports on a wide range of public expenditure issues, supported 47 evidence sessions of the Committee of Public Accounts and met our efficiency targets. Our recommendations and reports on good practice helped government improve public services, and our work led to audited savings of £1.21 billion in 2015.

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"I am pleased to say that the past year has been one of ongoing success for the NAO, but not without its challenges. We have taken on more work and responsibility, while audits were delivered with fewer resources to tighter timescales without compromising the high standard we have always held ourselves to. Further austerity has put pressure on government's management capabilities, which in turn has placed an increasing burden on the NAO. Against this background, we have delivered a strong programme of work to support Parliament and achieved the highest level to date of financial savings for the tax payer, of £1.21 billion, equivalent to £19 saved for every pound spent, all while reducing our costs and achieving further efficiencies. We could not have done this without the talent and commitment shown by our people."

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office


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