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
This interim report provides an overview of test and trace services for addressing COVID-19 in England.
11 Dec 2020
This report examines the Digital Services at the Border programme to assess whether it has delivered value for money.
9 Dec 2020
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
A summary of the Ministry of Defence spending in 2019-20, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it is likely to face in the coming year, based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.
8 Dec 2020
This report applies experience from auditing cross-government challenges to highlight the risks government needs to manage to achieve net zero.
4 Dec 2020
This investigation sets out how the Department for Education set up and implemented the free school meals voucher scheme.
2 Dec 2020
A summary of the Department for Transport spending in 2019-20, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it is likely to face in the coming year, based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.
1 Dec 2020
The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the nature and purpose of the proposed new funding agency for UK research, the Advanced Research Projects Agency.
To support the inquiry, this briefing draws upon the National Audit Office’s work examining the use made of taxpayers’ money by public bodies. It sets out the basic principles established by HM Treasury governing the creation of new bodies and some of the questions that we regularly ask when assessing whether an organisation is set up to deliver value for money.
30 Nov 2020
Explore flood defence data by region or local authority with our interactive map tool.
27 Nov 2020