NAO warns of growing workload

The National Audit Office may need additional resources to carry out investigations into “distributed services” in the health and education sectors, according to its comptroller and auditor general Amyas Morse. With the creation of academies and clinical commissioning groups, for example, the number of service providers accountable to Parliament is growing fast.

Serious Fraud Office

By Suzannah.Brecknell

17 Mar 2014

Discussing the NAO’s 2014-15 budget proposals with the Public Accounts Committee, Morse said “it’s quite likely we’ll find ourselves doing a lot more work – more investigative work,” in the future, since “there’s so much happening out there and so much pressure” on service providers.

Morse warned against any further cuts to the NAO budget, arguing that his organisation has already delivered big savings and been through a “painful process” of redundancies designed to balance the books. Telling staff that, despite all their efforts, yet more savings must be found “really doesn’t make a lot of sense,” he said.

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