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The spending review: how government should manage spending and performance

The Institute for Government hosted a discussion on spending, performance and the role of the Treasury with Sir Michael Barber.

The government announced spending plans for 2020/21 on 4 September and will be carrying out a further multi-year review in 2020. In their different ways, both Boris Johnson’s government and the Labour Party have been promising to spend lots of money to bring about change which they think voters want. But past experience shows it is far from easy for governments to turn money into value and impact.

At this event, we hosted a discussion on spending, performance and the role of the Treasury, with:

  • Sir Michael Barber, distinguished adviser to governments in the UK and abroad
  • Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government
  • Martin Wheatley, Senior Fellow and author of a new Institute report The Treasury’s responsibility for the results of public spending.

The discussion was chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. There was an opportunity for audience questions.

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