• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 9/12/2013

The Power of Making it Simple: a Government Guide to Developing Citizens Budgets 

The Power of Making It Simple draws on the experiences of governments that have produced Citizens Budgets, as well as on the IBP’s experience mentoring governments. It provides step-by-step guidance to governments on producing a Citizens Budget and includes suggestions on how to meet challenges.

Governments are accountable to their citizens for what they do and how they do it. Accountability means, in part, that the policies and plans that a government develops should reflect the priorities and needs of the people. It also means that government should provide an account of what it has done to implement those policies and plans together with the results of its efforts. Citizens for their part have a responsibility to hold their government to account. They should participate in public life, voting for people they believe in, monitoring the government’s actions, commenting on its policies and plans, and challenging it when things go awry.