By Claire West

The public is today being asked to vote to find the best ideas from over 44,000 submitted to the Treasury as part of the public engagement through the Spending Challenge website. The most promising ideas will be taken forward as part of the Spending Review process, which will set budgets for public services for the next four years.

Voting will be open until 31 August 2010, in order to consider ideas before the Spending Review concludes on 20 October.

Since launching the public phase of the Spending Challenge, the Government has received an overwhelming response from the general public, with over 44,000 ideas on how to reduce spending submitted.