Performance budgeting vow
THE Budget allocations to all Government departments will be a reflection of their performances, public expenditure and reform, Minister Brendan Howlin has said.
He was speaking on the release of the Revised Book of Estimates for 2012, setting out spending allocations for every department and Government office.
For the first time, the Book of Estimates will include performance information.
Mr Howlin said: "It is not enough to know how much departments are looking to spend. We need to know, and the public need to know, what exactly is being delivered."
He added that the new initiative, which introduces "performance-based budgeting" to the Irish system, is in keeping with the Government Programme commitments to strengthen the focus upon performance and delivery.