Review of Government Plan process

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IMPROVEMENTS to the way future government financial plans are produced and information supplied to backbenchers are being drafted, the Chief Minister has said.

Senator John Le Fondré

The Government Plan was approved by the States Assembly late last year and sets out the Island’s financial forecasts and efficiencies programme. It replaced the Medium Term Financial Plan model and brought the Island’s intended revenue and expenditure into one document for the first time.

However, several backbench Scrutiny panels said the plan lacked detail and that information was not forthcoming.

In a ministerial response to a review by the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel proposals, Chief Minister John Le Fondré revealed that the feedback received over the process is being put together to improve future plans.

The Chief Minister said: ‘The Government Plan has now been passed, with a limited number of amendments adopted by the States Assembly.

‘Whilst the Government is overall happy with the Government Plan, both as the documents lodged and following the debate, it understands that as a new process, combining revenue and expenditure into a single document, there are improvements that can be introduced for next year.

‘The Council of Ministers has already started collating feedback from both ministers and senior officers in order to guide this improvement process.

‘The Council of Ministers thanks the Scrutiny panels for their work on the Government Plan, and for engaging with the process.

‘It will keep the panels informed of the work being implemented following the adoption of the plan.’

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