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A History of British National AuditThe Pursuit of Accountability$
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David Dewar and Warwick Funnell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790310

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790310.001.0001

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Post-War Strengths and Challenges

Post-War Strengths and Challenges

(p.177) 8 Post-War Strengths and Challenges
A History of British National Audit

David Dewar

Warwick Funnell

Oxford University Press

Continuing high levels of military procurement, the introduction of the National Health Service, extended programmes in pensions, welfare and social services, housing, and industrial and infrastructure rebuilding added significantly to the Exchequer and Audit Department’s responsibilities on both certification of accounts and value-for-money examinations. The resulting pressures on the Department’s available resources, already stretched from the war, required early steps to improve numbers, deployment, training, and experience as staff returned from the armed forces to replace temporary staff recruited during the war. Changes in patterns of expenditure and delivery of services meant that there were lessons to be learned in both existing and new areas of audit. The Department’s achievements meant that it became widely recognized as the ‘public spending watchdog’ in Parliament, the press and with the public. More than a thousand reports were presented on major programmes and projects.

Keywords:   National Health Service, staffing, value-for-money examinations, Exchequer and Audit Department, public spending watchdog

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