The Government’s latest spending data shows the cost pressures that are causing the departments of Justice, Health and the Home Office, to struggle to meet their targets. Oliver Ilott looks at what this means for departmental spending, as part of the Institute's Whitehall Monitor programme.
Yesterday, the Whitehall Monitor team launched their 2015 Annual Report: ‘The Coalition in 163 charts’. Gavin Freeguard presented a selection of these charts to tell four stories about what happened in government over the last Parliament, and the challenges faced by Whitehall departments after the imminent Spending Review is published. Emily Andrews summarises.
Today the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies will examine the challenges for the new Government as it embarks on the 2015 Spending Review. Ahead of the event, held at the Institute, Researcher Oliver Illot looks at how the 2015 Spending Review will differ from the process in 2010. He considers how Government should design plans that are politically sustainable, engage with the process of devolution and are deliverable by Whitehall departments that must retain the necessary skills and people.
In his final Budget of this parliament, George Osborne revised down the £23bn surplus he promised in the Autumn Statement, to a £6bn surplus by 2019-20. Such change comes as no surprise – it allowed the Chancellor to ease the squeeze on public spending and avoid claims of a return to 1930s levels of spending. What’s more interesting is the row that erupted between the Chancellor and the Office for Budget Responsibility over where these cuts would fall and how the OBR checks the Chancellor’s figures.
In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor has announced that he intends to make £10bn in efficiency savings by 2017-18. This is a stretching target which the government will only be able to meet if it focuses on transformative change and equips itself with the right tools and structures for the job.
Yesterday’s publication of the Smith Commission Agreement marked an important step in the next phase of devolution to Scotland. The five parties that took part in the Commission have achieved a remarkable feat in agreeing a wide-ranging package of new powers to be devolved.
Last week, the Chancellor and the Minister for Cabinet Office announced that the Government had saved £14.3bn compared to spending levels in 2009/10. Given the wealth of information that the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) have put into the public domain, we can take a detailed look at the numbers.
It’s very nearly the most wonderful time of the year. All across the country, people eagerly await the delivery of gifts from a familiar figure – will they get what they’ve asked for? Will there be any surprises?