National Audit Office

  1. Watchdog questions 'Get ready for Brexit' campaign

    Billboard campaign 'get ready for Brexit'
    Image caption: Billboards telling the public to 'prepare' for Britain's exit from the EU will launch in the coming days

    A multi-million pound publicity blitz to prepare the public for leaving the EU appears to have had little impact, a spending watchdog has said.

    The National Audit Office said £46m was spent on the "Get ready for Brexit" campaign ahead of the UK's expected departure at the end of last October.

    But the campaign was halted three days before the UK was supposed to leave after the EU granted another extension.

    The NAO said it was "not clear" it left people "significantly better prepared".

  2. Audtors blast control of BAE shipyard building costs

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    Poor management of the infrastructure for Britain's Trident nuclear weapons programme has led to years of delays and cost overruns of more than £1bn, according to government auditors.

    BAE Central facility

    The report concentrates on the new buildings and other infrastructure that have been created to enable the new submarines to be built.

    The original cost of one building was estimated to be £111m, but turned out as £240m, because the first estimates were based on "immature" designs that had to be changed during construction.

    The auditors say the Ministry of Defence has not learned the lessons of past contracts, and still signs up to deals that mean the taxpayer foots the bill for cost over-runs.