Financial Scrutiny and Oversight

Parliaments have a role in scrutinising the work of the government, particularly through Select Committees.

Public Accounts Committees scrutinise the financial expenditure of the government and taxpayers money, ensuring transparency and accountability within Government, and making recommendations to ensure taxpayer's receive best value for money on government spending. Working with oversight committees such as Public Accounts Committees is one of the key ways CPA UK supports financial scrutiny, ensuring members have the technical expertise and knowledge to hold governments to account on behalf of their citizens. 

UK Overseas Territories Project

The UK Overseas Territories Project is a three-year programme of support for public financial management. CPA UK, in consortium with the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the UK Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) works with partners in the UK and Overseas Territories to deliver a series of activities focused on providing technical assistance, training and mentoring to support and encourage effective public financial management. 

Read more here.

Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC)

Funded by the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D)

In June 2014, Chairs and Members of Public Accounts and equivalent Committees of Commonwealth parliaments attending the 4th Westminster Workshop on Parliamentary Financial Scrutiny of Public Expenditure at Westminster constituted the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC).

CAPAC is designed to support the work of Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in promoting good governance, implementing the declaration on these committees contained in the communiqué of the November 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: 'Heads of Government further reaffirmed that strong and independent Parliamentary oversight plays an important role in preserving the trust of citizens in the integrity of government, through Public Accounts Committees that are effective, independent and transparent'. Meg Hillier MP, the Chair of the UK PAC is currently Chair of CAPAC.

Funded by the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) CPA UK is currently delivering a series of regional CAPAC workshops building on the success of a bespoke Public Accounts Committee Africa - UK PAC Workshop delivered by CPA UK in Kenya in August 2018.  Fiji was the first of these workshops focusing on Public Accounts Committees in the Pacific region, this will be followed by workshops in Asia (August 2019) and the Caribbean (January 2020).

A final pan-Commonwealth workshop will take place in London in March 2020. This will be an opportunity for regions and individual committees to report on progress made in line with aims and objectives of the preceding regional workshops. 

Read the Africa-UK PAC Workshop Report here.

For more information on CAPAC please contact Sarah Giles at 


Upcoming Programmes  

Pan-Commonwealth CAPAC Workshop London, United Kingdom, March 2020

In the final activity in the CAPAC workshop series, Chairs, Members and Clerks from Public Accounts Committees across the Commonwealth will be invited to a three-day workshop in London, March 2020. This workshop will draw on learning from across the regional workshops. 

The workshop is part of CPA UK's work in the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) programme.

Previous Programmes

CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 21-23 January 2020

From 21-23 January 2020, CPA UK hosted the third and final CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop, in partnership with the Parliament of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop welcomed Chairs, Members, and Clerks from 11 Caribbean Commonwealth Public Accounts or equivalent Committees to Port of Spain for a three-day workshop. Read the Report here.

This workshop is part of a wider project PAC project delivered by CPA UK as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).

For further information about this workshop and the wider CAPAC programme, please contact Sarah Giles at and Rebekah Northall at 

CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Asia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 August 2019

CPA UK delivered the second programme in the CAPAC regional workshop series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1-3 August 2019. Read the report here.

The workshop was attended by Chairs, Members and Clerks from 6 Public Accounts Committees across the Asia region. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).

CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Pacific - Suva, Fiji, 19 - 21 February 2019

CPA UK delivered the first in a series of CAPAC workshops in Suva, Fiji from 19 -21 February. Read the report here.

The workshop was attended by Chairs, Members and Clerks from 11 Pacific Island Public Accounts Committees. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).

Workshop on Public Accounts Committees  Westminster, 4-6 December 2017

CPA UK's series of capacity building Westminster Workshops have explored the role of parliamentarians and parliamentary Public Accounts Committees (PACs) in financial oversight, providing practical training and knowledge to Commonwealth PACs. The 2017 Westminster Workshop aimed to further the role of parliamentarians in the promotion of tax transparency and the prevention of tax avoidance.

Global Tax & Transparency Summit - Westminster, December 2016

Organised in partnership with the UK PAC, the Summit brought together parliamentarians to highlight the importance in tackling tax avoidance and promoting tax transparency.

Westminster Workshop: Parliamentary Financial Oversight of Aid Effectiveness - Westminster, July 2017

This workshop sought to discuss the changing landscape of aid architecture and strengthen the knowledge and skills of parliamentarians and parliamentary officials in conducting effective financial oversight of aid flows. Ahead of the Second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the 6th Westminster Workshop sought to strengthen the voices of parliaments in becoming an integral stakeholder in aid management.

5th Westminster Workshop: Effective, Independent and Transparent Public Accounts Committees for Robust Public Financial Oversight Valetta, 1-4 June 2015

Building on the success of previous workshops, the 2015 5th Westminster Workshop, run in partnership with the Parliament of Malta, continued to provide a forum for exploring the key current challenges faced by PACs across the Commonwealth, enabling the exchange of ideas and expertise on how PACs can increase their efficiency and effectiveness in scrutinising public expenditure; from budgeting and planning to tracking performance.