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113. The Spending Review cycle has been changed,
so there will now be allocations over a four-year, rather than
a three-year, period. This review is effectively the spending
plan for the Government's first term. However, as we have seen,
although it sets out a clear overall trajectory for public spending
over the period, it does so when major policy changes are expected.
There will be significant challenges in implementing such changes.
In addition, the approach to central control of policy delivery
has changed. This is manifest both in changes to the way in which
departmental performance is assessed, and in changes to controls
over local government expenditure. The Government, like other
governments before it, is attempting to increase public sector
efficiency and productivity.
114. We expect that our fellow committees will
look closely both at policy changes, and at the new departmental
business plans. We ourselves expect that a large part of our work
over the course of the Parliament will be to monitor the effects
of government policy both on growth, and on the overall pattern
of public expenditure.