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Will the budget's veil of secrecy be lifted in 2024?

The lack of transparency on the implementation progress of proposals in budget speeches has increased sharply in 2022 and 2023, according to a systematic evaluation conducted by Verité Research.  

The government – on average – did not disclose information to assess progress of 70% of the expenditure proposals in 2022 and 2023, up from 45% between 2017-2021. This means the information was not disclosed proactively online, nor in response to the right to information requests filed.  

These findings are reported in Budget Promises, an online platform of Verité Research that has monitored the progress of high value budget promises made by the minsters of finance since 2017. Failure to disclose information has been a problem every year. However, the level of opacity has substantially increased in 2022 and 2023. ` 

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