Government Plan 2022 Review - Government Plan Review Panel

Scrutiny review - Government Plan Review Panel

Launch date: 28/10/2021

Review status: Review started

What is the review about?

The Government Plan seeks to bring together public income and spending against the context of the stated strategic priorities of Government. It is a rolling four-year plan but is brought back and updated each year to take account of changes in the Island’s economic outlook. 

The Government Plan 2022 – 2025 is the second which has been published since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes made to financial forecasts to fund Government’s response to it. 

The Government Plan will be debated on the week commencing 14th December 2021.

Details of the plan include:
  • Estimated income and expenditure of the Consolidated Fund
  • Amounts to be internally transferred between States funds
  • Any other proposed financing
  • Major projects and their proposed costs
  • Estimated income and expenditure from States Trading Operations to be paid into the States Trading Operations Fund
  • Amounts to be appropriated from the Consolidated and States trading operations funds for the next financial year
  • Estimated amounts in States funds at the start and finish of each financial year
Each Panel will conduct separate reviews and produce reports on projects and areas which are most relevant to their remit. The Government Plan Review Panel will take an overall view on the process and format of the Plan.

Key Issues:
  • Will the Government Plan meet the requirements of the Public Finances (Jersey) Law 2019?
  • Will the Government Plan meet the Common Strategic Priorities?
  • How have the projects been prioritised in line with the 'halt, defer, reduce' policy of the Government, and is expenditure appropriately apportioned to projects and departments?
  • Does income balance with expenditure?
  • Is the Government Plan fiscally sound and economically sustainable? 
  • Does the Government Plan follow the advice of the Fiscal Policy Panel and Income Forecasting Group? 

Review progress

Terms of reference

To coordinate the overall scrutiny of the 2022 – 2025 Government Plan. This will include responsibility for:
  1. Coordinating the scrutiny of the Government Plan (projects, sections, etc.) by the standing Panels. Panels will be guided to use the following criteria as a guide:
    • Where funding over £500,000 has been allocated
    • Where funding has been withdrawn or decreased significantly from the previous year
    • Where funding has been increased significantly from the previous year
    • Projects which the Panels consider are of most concern (as a result of, for instance, delays, deferrals, overspends or because they are not in keeping with Common Strategic Priorities)
    • Projects which have been identified as of concern by stakeholders
    • Projects which are contentious and/or in the public eye.
    • Projects where insufficient information has been provided and more information is sought
    • Concern is held on the project’s alignment with Common Strategic Priorities, social impact and impact upon children.
  2. Undertaking an overarching review of the Government Plan 2022 – 2025 to determine whether, overall, funded projects meet Ongoing Initiatives, Common Themes and Common Strategic Priorities.
  3. Considering the financial, social and administrative implications that rebalancing Government finances may have on Islanders.
  4. Considering overall spend and growth outlined in the Government Plan.
  5. Considering the format, presentation and the ease with which the Government Plan can be read and understood by the public and States Members.




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