Spending Review 2013 – politics trumps planning, again

Manchester Business School’s Colin Talbot, Professor of Public Policy and Management, wrote for Whitehall Watch blog about the Coalition Government’s announcement of Spending Review 2013.

Mr Talbot wrote that “multi-year Spending Reviews were an innovation introduced by Gordon Brown at the start of the previous Labour government. But the ‘cycles’ of Spending Reviews have been odd, to say the least.”

He continued: "SR2013 will be interesting to put it mildly. The challenges for the Coalition, given how badly their economic and financial plans have worked out in practice, is huge. And politically, SR2013 will - whether they like it or not – be seen as part of the platforms of the two parties as the General Election looms."