The new Estimates and Supplementary Estimates, presented to the House of Commons, seek parliamentary authority for voted expenditure by government Departments for 2013 to 2014.
The Supplementary Estimates and new Estimates seek parliamentary authority for resource, capital and cash funding for new and existing services.
Find out more about government spending, and the terms used in explaining it, in our short guide ‘How to understand public spending’.
These estimates will not involve any overall change in the elements of Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) which impact on public sector net borrowing or public sector net debt.
Any DEL increases sought have either been offset by savings elsewhere in departmental spending programmes or charged to the DEL Reserve.
Changes to Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) are consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) December 2013 Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Changes to AME in Estimates do not imply an equivalent change in the fiscal forecast for the year.
Within the overall increase (both voted and non-voted) there are: * claims on the Resource DEL Reserve of £1.203 billion * claims on the Capital DEL Reserve of £0.635 billion * £0.936 billion in Resource and £0.969 billion in Capital unspent provision which, under the Budget Exchange system, can be carried forward by departments into the following two years (2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016), subject to a reasonable limit
New Estimates for the National Crime Agency and the Competition and Markets Authority are included in the same booklet as the Supplementary Estimates.
Supply Estimates are the means by which the government seeks from Parliament funds and parliamentary authority for departmental expenditure each year. The Supplementary Estimates present the final opportunity for departments to seek changes in parliamentary authority for spending for this financial year.
Supplementary estimates increase or decrease voted provision. Non-cash budgetary items (e.g. impairments and provisions) have no immediate impact on public sector borrowing or public sector net debt.
Changes to AME in estimates do not imply an equivalent change in the fiscal forecast for the year. The figures show increases or decreases since the last estimates round. The OBR will publish changes to the forecast, including estimates for AME in 2013-14, in its Budget 2014 forecast.
The DEL reserve is set aside within the government’s spending plans as a contingency against higher borrowing. Therefore, only DEL Reserve claims which impact on the public finances are charged against the published DEL Reserve. The Budget Exchange system allows departments to give up unspent DEL and move it into the following two years 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.