This study will examine how well prepared the government was for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strategic centre of government
The strategic 'centre of government' is primarily Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. It needs to play a lead role in transforming public services to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Key areas of focus for the centre need to include management of major projects, capability and workforce reform, shared services, digital transformation, and ensuring effective oversight and accountability.
Changing the way government works is not easy. New skills are needed, particularly business planning, commercial, digital and project management. There must be the right incentives and culture to support innovation and continuous improvement. Public sector organisations have to work together in a more integrated way and with more effective leadership from the centre. Departments also have to improve their business planning, monitor performance better and share lessons.
This report sets out insights for government from its preparations for EU Exit.
4 Sep 2020
This report examines the progress the government has made in developing specialist skills in the civil service.
17 Jul 2020
This report examines whether the government tackles serious and organised crime in an effective and coherent way.
28 Jun 2019
This report reviews government’s progress in improving the planning and spending framework since we last reported in July 2016.
26 Nov 2018
Implementing the UK’s Exit from the European Union – People and skills: The role of the centre of government
The National Audit Office has today published a briefing describing how the centre of government is supporting departments to identify the people and skills needed to implement the UK’s exit from the European Union.
1 December 2017
1 Dec 2017
Public and private borrowing are high, kept affordable by record low interest rates, and quantitative easing continues ten years after the crisis it responded to.
7 Nov 2017
The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.
29 Sep 2017
The primary purpose of this paper is to provide the Bank of England with information relating to the management of conflicts of interest and some of the approaches we have encountered in other organisations. This does not constitute guidance, but has been provided to assist the Bank when it conducts its own internal review
9 Aug 2017
The Whole of Government Accounts provide a unique perspective owing to their reach and approach to measuring the government’s financial performance and position.
19 Jul 2017