Spending fairly, spending well: time for a radical overhaul of value for money and public audit

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Walker, David; Tizard, John
Smith Institute
Date of publication
12 February 2019
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Health Services
Social welfare
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This report calls for a radical rethink in the way tax payers’ money is spent and accounted for. As ministers and Whitehall departments gear up for the proposed 2019 Spending Review, covering the next three to five years, the authors provide a telling critique of failures in public financial management. Their argument for ‘spending fairly, spending well’ and reforming the public finances is shared by others, not least the Institute for Government. It also has an echo in Parliament, where MPs are becoming increasing frustrated with the shortcomings of the current system.

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