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The Politics of Public Spending: The Future of Scrutiny

Come and hear leading national figures discuss the future of the scrutiny of public spending from their different perspectives.

Date: Wednesday 2 October - Wednesday 2 October

Time: 2.00PM-4.00PM

Venue: Dalton Room, UMIC Core Technology Facility, Grafton Street M13 9NT

Speakers: Margaret Hodge, MP (Chair of the PAC), Robert Chote (Chair of the OBR), Bernard Jenkin, MP (Chairman of The Public Administration Select Committee)

Organisers: Policy@Manchester

Contacts: For more information please contact policy@manchester.ac.uk

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Description

The creation of the independent Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) and the increasing profile of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have started to raise a debate about how best to scrutinise public spending decisions. For example, a recent Fabian Society commission has floated the idea of creating something like the Congressional Budget Office in the USA, a 'Parliamentary Budget Office' perhaps?

The debate about how best, and where, to spend public money has never been more crucial than now, in an era of austerity. As part of a series of events examining 'The Politics of Public Spending', Policy@manchester invites you to come and hear Margaret Hodge (MP, Chair of the PAC), Robert Chote (Chair of the OBR) and Bernard Jenkin (MP, Chairman of The Public Administration Select Committee) discuss the future of the scrutiny of public spending from their different perspectives.

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Colin Talbot, one of the UK's leading experts on the subject and former adviser to both the Treasury Select Committee and Public Administration Select Committee.