We are committed to providing the public and those interested in our work with information on where we are spending money and to hold us, as a government organisation, to account.
The government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, and is intended to help reduce the deficit and achieve better value for money. The Prime Minister has asked all government departments and agencies to publish a wide range of information with regard to central government expenditure.
Transparency is necessary to ensure we are accountable. We are also accountable to the public through Parliamentary scrutiny both in Westminster and the devolved administrations, eg through investigations by select committees.
To ensure that money is spent wisely, we adhere to four essential principles:
- transparency – providing clear, consistent, comparable and accessible information
- accountability – so that decision-makers and budget holders can be held to account
- simplicity – so that it is easy to understand what is going on
- coherence – so that our activities are clear and logical.
Each year, we produce a Forward Work Programme. This details our main themes and priorities for the coming year. The Programme provides information on the work to be undertaken to support the main themes and priorities. It also provides financial data.
Our planned deliverables and performance indicators for the year ahead are also available and are based on our Forward Work Programme.
We account for our use of resources in our Annual Report and Accounts, which are audited by the National Audit Office. We publish regularly updated information in an easily accessible format. More information is added as it is developed to support our commitment to transparency. Further links to government–wide data can be found on the central transparency site at Data.gov.uk.