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How well does the Government stick to its public spending plans?

Monday 16 July 2018, 12:45 - 14:00

Every year in the Budget, the Government lays out plans to spend a huge amount of money. How well does it stick to those plans?

As part of a larger study of the history of public expenditure control, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis to date of UK public expenditure data 1993–2015.

To discuss their key findings, our panel included: 

  • Lord Nick Macpherson, former Permanent Secretary for HM Treasury 
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics at Health Foundation
  • Paul Johnson, Director of the IFS.

The event was chaired by Julian McCrae, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.

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We would like to thank the Nuffield Foundation, Blavatnik School of Government, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Economic and Social Research Council for supporting this event.