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Efficiency in Government


COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented levels of government spending, and borrowing is at its highest level since World War Two. As at May 2021, government expects to spend £372 billion on measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of measures to manage spending following the COVID-19 pandemic, Government is planning to try to increase its efficiency – trying to achieve the same or better outcomes with fewer resources - with this autumn’s Spending Review providing an opportunity to set a medium-term approach for spending across government.

The Committee will question senior officials at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office on nine issues that Government will need to address, identified by the National Audit Office in a first review of the successes and failures of previous government attempts to increase efficiency in public spending.

If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by 6.00pm on Thursday 9 September 2021.

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The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 September 2021.

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