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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.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Twenty-Eighth Report - Efficiency in government
Inquiry Efficiency in Government
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 636
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Twenty Eighth report from Session 2021-22
HC 636
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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13 September 2021
Inquiry Efficiency in Government
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
EIG0001 - Efficiency in Government
Witnesses Doctor Aman Kenjegaliev (Lecturer in Economics at University of Hull)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

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  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA