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Summer 2021

Efficiency in government

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting public finances under severe pressure. Improving efficiency could help government to manage this pressure. Our past work has identified several areas where government can achieve efficiencies, as well as the risks of attempting to make savings without careful consideration of the unintended consequences. Drawing on previous NAO work, and experience … Read more

Published:
30 Mar 2021
Spring 2021

Initial learning from the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

This report will draw on the breadth of the NAO’s work on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to set out our perspectives on what government can learn from its response to date. By the end of March 2021, the NAO will have published 17 reports on the government’s response to COVID-19. This report … Read more

Local government finance in the pandemic

This report examines whether the government secured financial sustainability across the local authority sector during COVID-19.

Published:
10 Mar 2021
Winter 2021/2022

Financial modelling in government

Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision making. It is increasingly relying on these models with more data now available and an increased emphasis on evidence-driven decision-making.  Government last published guidance on modelling – the Aqua Book … Read more

Summer 2021

Government’s delivery through ALBs

Government uses a range of delivery models to carry out its policy objectives, including arm’s length bodies. Arm’s length bodies account for around £200 billion of public expenditure a year and employ approximately 300,000 staff. They perform a variety of different functions across government including; running key public services, regulating public services and providing advice … Read more