HM Treasury

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Spending Challenge

This has been the most collaborative Spending Review ever with an extended period of engagement over the summer between Government, experts, the public sector and the general public.  This was called the Spending Challenge, and was an opportunity to shape the way Government works and share ideas to cut the deficit and eliminate waste.

We would like to thank everyone who responded and submitted their ideas. We had a great response: over 100,000 ideas were submitted including more than 63,000 from the public sector. Alongside this, Ministers have been getting out and about across the country to hear your ideas and opinions first hand.  The Treasury has received several thousand pieces of direct correspondence and the Chancellor and Chief Secretary have held a wide range of meetings with experts on specific areas of Government policy – such as health, housing and education.

The best ideas were then examined by Departments and at the Spending Review, the Chancellor set out a number of specific ideas that will now be taken forward as policy. Each of these ideas will save money and help reduce the deficit, proving that ideas from individuals can and do make a difference.They include: 

Ideas submitted to the Spending Challenge also helped to influence, and are reflected in, other Spending Review decisions including:

Find out more about how the Spending Challenge worked and how the original suggestions you made were developed into policy announcements

What happens next?

Other ideas received through the Spending Challenge will continue to play an important role in delivering more for less over the Spending Review period.  Departments will continue to review ideas to identify and implement those that could help deliver further efficiencies.

So that you can review the suggestions that were made to the Spending Challenge, we are publishing a summary of the policy proposals submitted by the public sector many of which continue to be reviewed by Departments.

In the interests of transparency, we plan to publish all of the original suggestions that met our moderation policy as soon as possible. These will be available as a data set on We hope that web developers will find new ways of interpreting the information we received to feed into this ongoing process.