Officials prepare for tough budget talks

Government departments are preparing for a tough round of negotiations in September as the ‘‘estimates campaign’’, the process in which they fight the Department of Finance for annual spending allocations, moves up a gear.

5th August, 2006

Government departments are preparing for a tough round of negotiations in September as the ‘‘estimates campaign’’, the process in which they fight the Department of Finance for annual spending allocations, moves up a gear.

The protracted annual process, which culminates in the November spending estimates and December’s budget, is already well under way, but reaches a higher level of intensity in September, as officials prepare the ground for the final ‘‘political’’...

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