The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a growing backlog of cases waiting to be tried in the criminal courts system. During the first national lockdown, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) closed some court buildings, and suspended all jury trials. Since then, courts have reopened, but national guidelines for social distancing mean they are unable to … Read more
As the UK’s public spending watchdog, it is our role to support Parliament in holding the government to account.
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 will prioritise our work on areas where we think there have been particular challenges and where we feel there is most to learn.
Read more about our work on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This report will set out DCMS’s objectives for the Culture Recovery Fund and its work to distribute the funding.
This report will set out DCMS’ objectives for funding to charities during the pandemic and whether it is meeting them.
This study will examine how well prepared the government was for the COVID-19 pandemic.
This study will examine the value gained from the NHS’s arrangements with Nightingale and independent hospitals during the pandemic.
Towards the end of March 2020, as part of the measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed to all pupils except vulnerable children and children of key workers. Some year groups returned to school in June, but most children did not return until September 2020. Therefore, for several months the majority of pupils … Read more
Our study will examine the evolving financial pressures on local government and the support provided from central government.