CV Pillar Pushes for Fairness in Spending Review
The 17 members of the Community and Voluntary Pillar (including The Wheel) have been continuing its efforts to encourage Government to protect vulnerable people in the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE), which is currently underway every government department. The CRE will have implications for the prioritisation of government expenditure across all departments, and it will form the basis for Budget 2012. The CRE may therefore have very significant consequences for groups, especially vulnerable groups, served and represented by the members of the CV Pillar. Given these potential consequences, the Pillar has written to Government requesting that each department
- takes an integrated approach to the conduct of the
- demonstrate transparency in decision-making in the CRE process by publishing the guiding principles, decision-making criteria and methodology being applied
- publish the out-turn and results of the comprehensive review of expenditure (along with supporting data, decision-making criteria and methodology applied)
The Pillar believe that a transparent CRE process, and opportunities for those being affected to comment, will increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. In addition, The Pillar has therefore asked Government to include a commitment to protect vulnerable people as a guiding principle in the comprehensive review of expenditure.