Watchdog warns over furlough fraud and government contracts

National Audit Office says it will investigate procurement amid concern over level of furlough scheme abuse

The head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned ministers there will be “no excuse” if billions of pounds worth of fraud within government schemes continues under a second coronavirus lockdown.

Gareth Davies, the comptroller and auditor general at the National Audit Office, said there had already been “significant” abuse of the furlough scheme and the bounce-back loan scheme, which would take months to identify.

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