The PM’s order means ministers and officials face the prospect of having to run pieces of work so that they can justify how they are currently spending each and every pound they are supplied with. Every so-called “legacy project” — those started under a former government – will probably be rated on whether they fit with the new administration’s priorities and the latest Tory manifesto which propelled Mr Johnson to an 80-seat majority at the election last month.”
This is a new government with a new mandate, including to level up throughout the nation, invest in infrastructure and tackle climate change.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:”Cabinet held a discussion about the economy and upcoming fiscal events. The Prime Minister said the Budget will concentrate on delivering the priorities.
Mr Johnson’s administration is expected to borrow cash to fund infrastructure projects. The spokesman explained:”It is a new government that was elected on a brand new manifesto using a new set of priorities and that’s what the Prime Minister and his colleagues will be focused upon.”
Hundreds of projects will be scrutinised before the March 11 funding with many likely to be axed if they don’t appear to scratch.
This review’s statement comes amid rising concerns about the price of quite a few big-ticket government spending items the projected HS2 rail undertaking.”There are dozens and dozens of legacy projects that have been rumbling along around Whitehall and this is a chance to look at them and a few will probably be axed.”
The Chancellor and the Prime Minister explained the Budget is also the opportunity to take tough decisions so as to prepare the market for the next decade.”Taxpayers have a right to understand their money has been spent wisely on the things they care for. No project should see decent money thrown at it after bad if it’s not delivering.”
The Tories believe that they must take policy decisions now to be able to guarantee economic and political success. But with day-to-day government spending relatively tight there’s a desire to be certain every penny available is invested as well as possible.
“There’ll be squeals of protest but every project has to be scrutinised.” “The Prime Minister said there’s a massive opportunity to unleash prosperity to each corner of the United Kingdom. A source said:”In Cabinet Boris Johnson told ministers they need to be prepared to’slaughter’ projects previously viewed as’holy cows’ if they don’t align with the Government’s priorities.
Given that the Conservative Party was for a decade in power, the spokesman of the PM was asked if the review represented a criticism of his predecessors in Downing Street. Every department’s findings is going to be presented to the Treasury along with Mr Javid for further analysis.”He explained that some officials will be like’tigers defending their cubs’ and resist change.