I worked for a corrupt, sectarian Scottish district council, my one public sector job. I was the only IT worker there who'd worked in the private sector and so knew the difference. I've always had complete control over my equipment/ expense budget, even there, but there was different. They didn't spend any money for 11 months out of the year, and then spent the lot in March before the start of the new fiscal year. You had 30 days to buy everything you needed for the past 11 months and everything you'd need for the next 11 months. Basically nothing much got done in March because everyone was looking up catalogues and filling in order forms.