In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, public sector bodies have had to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency. The Cabinet Office, which oversees government’s buying policies, has changed some of the procurement rules for contracts relating to the government’s response to COVID-19. Concerns have been raised about some of these procurements, including around a lack of transparency. In our previous report Overview of the UK … Read more
In light of the wide range and significance of the government’s actions to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, we intend to carry out a broad and varied programme of work.
We will prioritise our work on areas where we think there have been particular challenges and where we feel there is most to learn.
In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed the risks created by its response to the crisis. This new investigation will look at the government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme. It will describe the schemes purpose and how it functions; performance to date; and … Read more
On 31 March 2020, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education launched a voucher scheme to help give the 1.4 million children in England eligible for free school meals continued access to meals while they were not attending school. Schools joining the scheme can order shopping vouchers worth £15 … Read more
In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect to procurement and supply chains for items such as ventilators. This new investigation will set out the facts about the government’s efforts to rapidly increase the number of … Read more
This guide helps audit and risk committee members to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on their organisations.
24 Jun 2020
This report sets out the facts about government preparing the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19.
12 Jun 2020
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital for preventing and controlling the spread of infection in health and care settings. It needs to be readily available, effective and supported by clear guidance covering the circumstances of its use. In our report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signal an intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect … Read more
This report provides a summary of the UK government’s response to COVID-19 to date.
21 May 2020