NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE CORPORATE PLAN 2003-04
The primary objective of the National Audit
Office is to support Parliament's scrutiny of government programmes
independent assurance and advice
on the proper accounting for central Government expenditure, revenue,
assets and liabilities, and on the regularity and propriety of
independent reports on the economy,
efficiency and effectiveness with which Government departments
and other bodies use resources, whilst also helping them provide
better value for money.
The Office's corporate plan sets out the main
features of its strategy for the next three years, updating and
developing the programme endorsed by the Public Accounts Commission
in July 2001.
Chapter 1 sets out the National Audit Office's
main achievements in 2001-02:
meeting its target of saving the
taxpayer eight times its net costs;
completing the audit of over 600
producing 50 value for money and
other major reports on a diverse range
Chapters 2 and 3 examine this work in depth
and explain how financial audit and value for money work will
continue to support Parliament in its scrutiny of government programmes.
With Parliament's support, the Office makes
an important contribution to audit and accountability on a wider
stage. Chapter 4 explains the Office's role in auditing United
Nations and other international organisations and the Office's
success in using its expertise to provide pre-accession advice
to countries intending to join the European Community.
Chapter 5 sets out the National Audit Office's
forecast net resource requirement for the next three years. Despite
a significant new workload arising from the implementation of
recommendations contained in Lord Sharman's Report "Holding
to Account, The Review of Audit and Accountability for Central
Government" and the increasing complexity of financial
audit and value for money work, the Office could contain its bid
to an increase of 6 per cent. This would be within the proposed
increase of 7.8 per cent in public sector expenditure which will
be subject to audit.
An increase of 6 per cent would enable the National
Audit Office to implement the recommendations in Lord Sharman's
report, deliver its core statutory responsibilities and maintain
its service to Parliament. In March 2002, the Public Accounts
Commission invited the National Audit Office to suggest ways in
which it could expand the scope of its scrutiny to strengthen
Parliamentary oversight of Government programmes.