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This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/budget-representations-guidance/guidance-for-submitting-your-budget-or-autumn-statement-representation
1. What is a Budget representation?
A Budget representation is a written representation from an interest group, individual or representative body to HM Treasury with the aim of commenting on government policy and suggesting new policy ideas for inclusion in the next Budget. HM Treasury welcomes representations as part of the policy-making process.
Following the Chancellor’s announcement at Autumn Statement 2016, there will now only be one fiscal event in each year, held in the Autumn. From 2018 there will be a Spring Statement, responding to the forecast from the OBR, but no major fiscal event.
In line with this, the representations process will not open ahead of Spring Statement 2018. You are therefore strongly encouraged to submit a representation ahead of Autumn Budget 2017 in order to contribute to the policy-making process. Although the date of Autumn Budget 2017 has not yet been confirmed, we have opened the Budget representations portal earlier than usual to allow more time for HM Treasury to note and consider representations.
If you have a question or comment that is not a Budget representation, please contact the Central Enquiries Unit using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you be unable to submit your representation online, you can send it by post to:
The Correspondence and Enquiry Unit
1 Horse Guards Road
2. What to include in your representation
In order to inform policy development for the Budget, your representation should contain policy suggestions for the upcoming fiscal event and explain the policy rationale, costs, benefits and deliverability of proposals. It should also be evidence based, providing clear arguments on how it contributes to the aims of the Budget.
You may wish to consider:
- likely effectiveness and value for money
- revenue implications for the Exchequer
- wider macroeconomic implications (for economic stability and growth)
- sectoral impacts
- distributional impacts
- administrative and compliance costs and issues
- legislative and operational requirements
- environmental impact
HM Treasury will not consider representations which are not practicable and/or that violate HM Treasury’s legal obligations, including but not limited to State aid, human rights and diversity.
HM Treasury will delete representations which are inappropriate or offensive.
3. How to submit your Budget representation
The representations process for Autumn Budget 2017 is now closed.
4. What happens once you have submitted the form
If you are submitting your representation by filling out our short survey, when successfully submitted you should see a “thank you” page, which confirms we have received your representation.
If you are submitting your representation by email, when successfully submitted you should receive an auto-reply as confirmation that we have received your representation.
It should be noted that representations will not receive a bespoke written reply.
5. Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Your Budget representation will be processed in accordance to the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of informing the Budget process. The information you provide may be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. For example, we may receive a request to release Budget representations or be asked for the number of representations. Under FOIA we would expect to release the contents of Budget representations while protecting the personal details of individuals. Names of companies or organisations, and of individuals representing organisations, are not personal data and so would be released.
6. Freedom of Information contact
Any Freedom of Information Act queries should be directed to:
Correspondence and Enquiry Unit, 2/W1
Freedom of Information Section
1 Horse Guards Road London
Tel: 020 7270 4558