CSR prompts debates on efficiency

This year’s pre-budget report is to be bought forward for the first time and as a result will coincide with the next Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), also refuelling speculation of an early general election. The Chancellor will be able to set out his spending decisions and financial predictions at the same time which could have significant implications for the sector. According to the IFS total public spending is predicted to rise by just 2% a year on average over the three years of the forthcoming CSR, up to 2010-11. This represents half the 4% annual increase Labour has delivered during its “years of plenty” but is better than when Labour first came to power. Debates around efficiency and value for money therefore seem very likely to continue. According to the Treasury Select Committee, the Treasury may return to a pre-Gershon model of efficiency, no longer measuring 'non-cashables' . Meanwhile, the Office of the Third Sector is investigating the possibility of social clauses in contracts, which could help to prioritise social outcomes.

Read a Third Sector article about social clauses


Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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