NAO questions use of Tsunami relief money

NAO questions use of Tsunami relief money

No proper account kept of how aid money has been spent

It remains unclear what portion of the £64m given by the UK government to the
Asian tsunami appeal could still be sitting in the bank accounts of UN agencies
and charities, the National Audit Office has said.

The NAO commended the speed of the government’s response but questioned what
had happened to all the money.

In its report on the provision of aid relief, the NAO said it would now try
to find out what happened to the unspent cash and would seek refunds ‘where
appropriate’.

Sir John Bourn, the head of the NAO, said the government should have done
more to ensure proper account was made of the cash.

The government said organisations were now being asked to ‘fully account’ for
their spending and return unused cash.

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