National Audit Office



NAO: 90% of Universal Credit claimants get first payment on time but concerns remain over vulnerable people and complex claims

The proportion of claimants receiving their first Universal Credit payment on time has seen “significant” improvements but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to do more to support vulnerable people and others who struggle to make a claim, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 10 July 2020

Report finds Mears had been fined for missing targets to find long-term accommodation for asylum seekers

Warnings about the adverse effect that placing asylum seekers in hotels and serviced apartments for long periods of time could have on their wellbeing were issued long before Mears moved hundreds of people from their homes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 July 2020

Housebuilder claims blanket ban on Grenfell-type cladding is not required

The UK Government should relax its ban on combustible cladding imposed after the Grenfell Tower fire, according to a housebuilder.

Published 19 June 2020

Universal Credit claimants suspected of £150m advances fraud

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified nearly 100,000 Universal Credit claimants that it suspects may have claimed an advance fraudulently, the National Audit Office (NAO) said today.

Published 20 March 2020

England: Not one starter home has been built despite £174m outlay, NAO reveals

The UK Government’s failure to deliver a single of the intended 200,000 starter homes it promised back in 2015 has been laid bare in a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 5 November 2019

National Audit Office report echoes SFHA concerns over Universal Credit

A highly critical report on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) progress in implementing Universal Credit (UC) echoes many of the concerns that have been consistently raised by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), its chief executive has said.

Published 18 June 2018

England: Rise in homelessness ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’

A sharp increase of homelessness across England, which is costing the public purse more than £1 billion a year, is “likely to have been driven” by the government's welfare reforms, according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 13 September 2017

Limited evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Sanctions on welfare payments cost more to administer than they save and are being handed out without evidence that they actually work, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 30 November 2016

Green Deal cost £17,000 per household, finds watchdog

The UK government’s flagship energy-saving programme, the Green Deal, has not achieved value for money because it failed to persuade householders that energy efficiency measures are worth paying for, the National Audit Office has found.

Published 15 April 2016