A constructive critique of the treasury’s country and regional analysis of public expenditure

Jim Cuthbert, Margaret Cuthbert, Brian Ashcroft (Editor)

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The accurate measurement and control of public expenditure is fundamental to successful government: it is essential at each of the stages of policy development, implementation, and monitoring. This paper is concerned with issues in the measurement of public expenditure in the post-devolution United Kingdom: in particular, we provide a constructive critique of the expenditure data currently published by the Treasury. Our study is based on two regular exercises carried out by the Treasury: a. the publication of the annual Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA), b. the publication of the biennial Treasury Funding Statement for the Devolved Administrations (TFS).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005



  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • public expediture
  • Scottish economy

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