On 8 September 2020, the NAO published its COVID-19 cost tracker. It aims to increase transparency, promote scrutiny and facilitate parliamentary accountability for government spending. It sets out the support measures government had announced up to 7 August 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents estimates, where available, of the costs of these measures and of how much government has spent on them so far.
In continuing to respond to the pandemic, since 7 August the government has announced new measures, reassessed how much some existing measures may cost and continued to spend against existing measures. In early 2021, we plan to publish an updated cost tracker to reflect these developments.
The cost tracker is part of our programme of work to report on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.