There's invariably a tendency to 'tweak the tail' of an existing expense, by applying inflation to elements of it or % savings, when the real question is whether or not it's still necessary!

Build Govt budgets from Zero based on categories of 'Prerequisite', Essential'. 'Desirable', and 'optional'! ( target proportions are 40.30.20.and 10). Nothing's taken for granted and everything needs to be reconsidered- no hiding places!

'Justification' becomes 'king' rather than momentum
It's quite likely that the 10% of 'optional' elements may be conceeded until there's a surplus from somewhere else!

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1% min reduction say £5m could be considerably more

by GavinIOMGov on April 24, 2017 at 03:07PM

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  • Posted by OldSailor April 24, 2017 at 17:04

    It should be illegal for departments to spend money just to avoid having their budget reduced the following year. e.g. Gawne spending £473,000 resurfacing the Sloc road because "We needed to spend money on something".
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 30, 2017 at 11:56

    Bring on an independent 'Office For Budget Responsibility' to enforce sound budgeting practice
  • Posted by Phoenix May 04, 2017 at 08:58

    Surely we taxpayers may reasonably expect Govt Officers to construct a sensible budget without having to establish yet another overseeing layer of control.
    Alternatively, taxpayers could start a movement of withholding payment for services unused or unnecessary, which would have the similar effect!
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