When I watch the Budget Speech annually I am always full of hope. When it comes to allocating money we seem to do very well. My main concern each year is that until we start allocating that money to Ministries that are staffed with competent people who are held accountable for the proper administration of that money, the Budget will just continue to be a kind of 'financial faith healing' that we put ourselves through.
We urgently need an overhaul of the system which decides who gets to work with the vast sums allocated, particularly on social spending. Yes, some money is properly spent, but if this was the case for all budgeted money, what a wonderful place this would be.
Let’s call an end to the endless list of line items in budgets covering catering and general entertainment, as well as the endless business plans and re-training of already trained people. Often these are quick fixes to use up budgets before the end of financial years and reporting time.
I say, as I do most years, well done Minister on your budget, but in order to make this meaningful you have to stop the leaks and incompetence in so many of your Ministries.
Only then we will truly spend wisely and improve the lives of all.