Pre-scrutiny of plans called for by PAC chair amid concerns on waste

Peter Stonham
11 April 2024
Dame Meg Hillier: An incoming government must learn from past failures, and have people within their ranks who have experience of what works and what doesn’t
Dame Meg Hillier: An incoming government must learn from past failures, and have people within their ranks who have experience of what works and what doesn’t

 

Concerns at the need for greater scrutiny over public expenditure are set out in an annual review by the Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Dame Meg Hillier. She highlights waste, a lack of adaptability, vand cultures which discourage whistle-blowing, suggesting there is a role for pre-project scrutiny - akin to pre-legislative scrutiny.

“A public airing of the plans for a major programme would shine sunlight on the potential benefits and pitfalls before large sums...

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