Last reviewed 15 September 2020
A new Covid-19 Cost tracker has been launched by the National Audit Office (NAO), which will monitor the costs incurred by the Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The NAO Tracker has been designed to "increase transparency" and "assist Parliament and the public in scrutinising the Government spending" as the health and economic emergencies continue.
The Tracker will provide a summary that is independent of Government influence and builds on the NAO’s previous Overview of the UK Government’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, first published in May.
Data from across Governmental departments will be incorporated in order to provide a list of details on, for example, how much has been spent on each measure so far.
At the launch of the Tracker, the NAO said the Government has announced over 190 measures, some of which are yet to be implemented in full, as the healthcare and economic crises continue. It has committed to £210 billion in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, having so far spent more than £70 billion.
The Tracker will identify what Government departments have told the NAO about the measures they have announced, how much they expect each will cost and how much they have spent on each.
The full data set covers health and social care, other public services and emergency responses, support for individuals, support for businesses and other support.
The NAO Tracker is available at: https://www.nao.org.uk/covid-19/cost-tracker/.