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The Treasury and WhitehallThe Planning and Control of Public Expenditure, 1976–1993$
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Colin Thain and Maurice Wright

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277842.001.0001

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The Public Expenditure Survey

The Public Expenditure Survey

(p.254) 12 The Public Expenditure Survey
The Treasury and Whitehall

Colin Thain

Maurice Wright

Oxford University Press

The processes of planning and controlling public expenditure have evolved by the late 1980s and 1990s up to the decision to introduce the Unified Budget and the New Control Total in 1992. This chapter explains the changes made through the timeline of public expenditure control. Previous practices include the introduction of cash limits in 1976 until volume planning was abandoned and cash planning was introduced in 1982 and became the turning point for the Public Expenditure Survey (PES). The annual Medium Term Financial Strategy was also one of the past measures as well as the centrally determined pay factors which were abolished, separating programme and running costs expenditure and the impact of fiscal crises in 1992 which verified the differences of the PES from those in the 1970s. These changes are yet to be seen if they have a lasting effect on the decision-making process as the state of the PES in the 1990s is assessed in this chapter including the immediate effects of changes in 1992.

Keywords:   cash planning, public expenditure, Medium Term Financial Strategy, cash limits, pay factors, fiscal crises, Unified Budget, Public Expenditure Survey, Treasury

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