Royals face up to NAO scrutiny

The National Audit Office is to receive greater direct access to the Royal Accounts, it has been agreed by the government and the Queen.

They have accepted a Public Accounts Committee request, first revealed in Accountancy Age last year, for the NAO to scrutinise the grants in aid for the occupied royal palaces and royal transport for the first time.

The royal household accounts – covering almost #40m of taxpayers’ money – were previously only available to the NAO through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and not directly from Buckingham Palace.

A palace spokeswoman said: ‘We are happy for the NAO, as well as external auditors and the relevant government department, to have direct access to our accounting records.’

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