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HM Treasury

Spending Review

Spending Review

Spending Reviews set firm and fixed three-year Departmental Expenditure Limits and, through Public Service Agreements (PSA), define the key improvements that the public can expect from these resources.

Successive Spending Reviews since 1997 have targeted significant increases in resources for the Government’s priorities, matched by far-reaching reforms, and have set ambitious PSA targets for improvements in key public services: in education, health, transport and criminal justice.

The 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review set spending plans and Public Service Agreements for 1999-2000 to 2001-02.

The 2000 Spending Review set spending plans and Public Service Agreements for 2001-02 to 2003-04.

The 2002 Spending Review set spending plans and Public Service Agreements for 2003-04 to 2005-06.

The 2004 Spending Review set new spending plans for 2006-07 and 2007-08, and confirmed the spending plans which were set for 2005-06 in the 2002 Spending Review.

The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review will set spending plans for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.