Expenditure Reviews

The publications have been prepared by members of IGEES and do not necessarily represent the policy positions of the relevant Department, Minister or the Government.

Spending Review 2017

The 2017 Spending Review is the first in a series of rolling, selective reviews, which will cover the totality of Government spending over a three year period to 2019. The results of the first year of this new approach are published with the Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2017. The objective of the review is to ensure that all Government expenditure is considered with regard to the principles of efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact.

The output for the 2017 Spending Review has two main elements with key sectoral trend analyses and individual topic papers.

The individual topic papers were selected to reflect key strategic/priority areas of expenditure, both in terms of the quantum of expenditure and the significance of the emerging policy challenges. The published output of the Spending Review is intended to contribute to a robust evidence base to inform policy making in the short and medium term.

The Spending Review framework and approach taken is in keeping with a range of other reform measures put in place to embed and improve the use of evidence in policy making across the public service, including the establishment of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, the development of the performance budgeting initiative and the Public Spending Code.

A number of the topic papers were undertaken, or supported, by IGEES staff and include papers on IGEES output, housing supports, climate change related research, acute hospital spending, pharmaceutical expenditure, the Environment Fund, special educational needs provision, further education and training and employment supports, enterprise supports, police expenditure, and funding for public transport. As such, the papers prepared for the Spending Review cover a wide range of policy areas and account for a significant proportion of current expenditure.

Central Votes Spending Trends and Key Drivers

Analysis of Current Expenditure on Housing Supports

Tracking Trends in Public-Spending-2017

The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service_Selection of IGEES Output

Climate Change Related Research and Funding in Ireland

Environment Fund

Acute Hospital Spending Review

Future Sustainability of Pharmaceutical Expenditure

Special Educational Needs Provision

Further Education and Training and Employment Supports Overview Paper

An Assessment of the Rationale, Efficiency and Targeting of Enterprise Supports in Ireland

Challenges for Investment in Police Expenditure_ A Public Expenditure Perspective

Public Service Obligation (PSO) Funding for Public Transport

Review of Social Protection Employment Supports Expenditure

Budget 2017

IGEES prepares a number of papers to inform the Budgetary process each year. The papers below informed budget 2017:

Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017-2027

Spending Reviews in Ireland – Lessons for the Future

Budget 2015 and the 2014 Comprehensive Review of Expenditure

Multi-annual expenditure reviews are part of Ireland’s reformed budgetary process. A new Comprehensive Review of Expenditure was announced by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin in the 2014 Budget. The Review has been carried out and was published on 14 October 2014.

The Review informs expenditure allocations for the 2015 – 2017 period. IGEES members in Government Departments contributed to the work of the Review.

As part of the CRE process, a small number of evaluations/policy analysis papers were carried out by members of the Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service (IGEES) in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. These papers can be found at the links below:

Behavioural Economics

Future Expenditure Risks associated with Climate Change Climate Finance

The Cost of the Public Service

Expenditure Report 2013

Part III of the Expenditure Report 2013 comprised analytical papers prepared by the CEEU (now part of IGEES):

2011 Comprehensive Review of Expenditure

The CEEU (now part of IGEES) completed the following series of thematic evaluations which fed into the 2011 Comprehensive Review of Expenditure and were published on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s website along with the submissions which were received from each Department:

Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure

The CEEU also assisted the Special Group on Public Service numbers and Expenditure which was established in late 2008 to examine the current expenditure programmes in each Government Department and to make recommendations for reducing public service numbers. The report of the Special Group is published on the Department of Finance’s website here.

The following cross-cutting analyses informed the work of the Group: