Feeds

Osborne bids nation fill his Budget portal

Have your say on spending, everyone!

Boost IT visibility and business value

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wants to crowdsource ideas for the Budget.

A breathless announcement tells us that ideas sent via the "online Budget portal" will go "direct to the desks of the Treasury officials working on the Budget".

Whether firing a spam-cannon at presumably already busy civil servants is really the best way to help them deal with the complexities of macroeconomics and massive debt is unclear.

Of course it could be that Treasury officials are quite capable of entirely ignoring emails from speakyourbranes off of the internet.

Osborne said: “I want to hear about your brightest and best ideas. Because next month’s Budget will be all about growth. In particular I want to know what businesses, large and small, want from me."

The release claimed the portal was "another example of the Government's commitment to transparency in policy making". Although of course it would be more transparent if we could see what people were suggesting. But the coalition is not daft enough to let that happen again.

The Wiki-Budget follows on from the Spending Challenge website which came up with some great Raoul Moat suggestions here which led to its temporary closure two days after launch.

It was relaunched with less interactive features in order to filter out the racists and other interloons.

This time around Osborne is restricting just how much crap is sent. The Budget is on 23 March, but commentards must get their emails in by three weeks before the big day - so get busy before 2 March. The web form includes a summary box with a 2000 character limit.

Policy representations should be evidence-based and consider wider macroeconomic impacts, as well as sectoral and distributional impacts - something for Osborne to consider as criticism of his slash-fest continues unabated.

Osborne's statement on his online Budget portal is here. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy
Even Moore's Law can't help the architects of statism now
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives
Department of Transportation starts cogs turning for another wireless comms standard
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.