73% of the measures presented in last year’s budget successfully implemented
This year, the government implemented 80 more budget measures than the number implemented in 2014.
Head of Public Service Sector Mario Cutajar said this during a press conference held at Castille yesterday in which journalists were presented with a thick booklet showing the 2016 budget measures which were implemented.
He said that this year, the government managed to implement 52 more measures than in 2015. Mr Cutajar explained that 73% of the measures announced during last October’s budget are already implemented. The reason why not all measures were implemented is because some are planned to be complete over a period of years.
It is the third time that the Public Service Sector carried out this exercise to give a snapshot of what was implemented from last year’s budget. Mr Cutajar said that the budget is the government’s plan for the upcoming year, but the implementation is key.
He explained that the measures presented in the budget that are not complete within their timeframe are flagged so that they are looked into later on. There were 236 budget measures in 2014 and more than 370 for the year 2016.
“This booklet shows that the public service sector can deliver,” he added.
Mr Cutajar said that these measures include some of the most important proposals presented in the budget, like the measures to tackle out of stock medicines and the waiting lists for operations.
The book presented is one of the three planned to be published this year. One of the books will present the government’s replies to the NAO report.
“We’re on track. The public sector service is bearing fruit.”
Last year, 68% of the budget measures presented the previous year were successfully implemented.