The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of people’s lives and placed great demands on governments and public institutions.
The scale of the UK government’s response will have implications for public spending and public service delivery for years to come. It is too early to tell what the full impact will be, but it will be profound.
As the UK’s public spending watchdog, it is our role to support Parliament in holding the government to account. We have already carried out a substantial programme of audit work on the government’s response to COVID-19 and will continue to do so. Our work will also provide expert insight to help ensure that appropriate lessons are learned for the future.
Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General
Our programme of work
In light of the wide range and significance of the government’s actions to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, we are carrying out a broad and varied programme of work.
We have already looked at government preparedness for the pandemic, the spending on the direct health response and the wider emergency response. We also looked at the measures aimed at protecting businesses and individuals from the economic impact.
We will continue to prioritise our work on areas where we think there have been particular challenges and where we feel there is most to learn.
What were the government’s risk analysis, planning, and mitigation strategies before the pandemic.
Our initial thoughts on what government can learn from its response to COVID-19.
This guide helps committee members examine the impacts of COVID-19 on their organisations.
A summary of the government’s response up to May 2020.
COVID-19 cost tracker
An overview of the UK government’s costs in its response to the pandemic.
Blog: Auditing the COVID response