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News - 7 June 2013

Government savings target met

The government says it has achieved savings of £10bn in the past financial year, a quarter more than its target.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the savings, including reducing the number of civil servants and putting more services online, would equate to £600 per household.
"Civil servants across government are changing the ways they work and we are on the way to managing our finances like the best-run FTSE 100 businesses."

But Labour said Mr Maude had form on "over-claiming and under-delivering often to the tune of tens of millions".

The Efficiency and Reform Group, run by the Cabinet Office and the Treasury, said it had made the savings by cutting civil service costs.

This had included reforming pensions, cutting personnel, centralising the procurement of goods and services, selling empty buildings and reviewing large-scale projects.

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“The Whitehall changes are part of the government's wider programme of spending cuts.
Last week, Chancellor George Osborne announced an agreement with seven Whitehall departments on savings he wants made in 2015.”

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