Spending returns revamp will lead to better decisions for children

John Freeman
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Study finds section 251 returns system to record education and children's services spending produces data that is often inaccurate and of little use. John Freeman says only an overhaul of the process will deliver improvements.

A typical section 251 budget return reports 105 lines of details and spending totals, and has up to 490 different data items included in it. Picture: iStock
A typical section 251 budget return reports 105 lines of details and spending totals, and has up to 490 different data items included in it. Picture: iStock

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