More government cuts on the way says Francis Maude
Sunday 30 June 2013
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude insisted today there were "definitely more" government cuts to come on top of the £5 billion in "efficiency savings" set out for the first year of the next parliament.
The Tory MP said the Government had already saved £10 billion over the last year from "unglamorous" areas like job cuts and renegotiating services but suggested there was still plenty of room to root out unnecessary spending across Whitehall.
Mr Maude admitted some of the ways cash would be clawed back, such as halting civil service automatic pay progression, were "not without their controversy".
He told Murnaghan on Sky News: "There's more to come. Frankly, even if it was the most efficient organisation in the world there would be more to come.
"The best organisations find efficiency savings every single year because that's just what you do. The best companies do this every year so there's definitely more to come and we are nowhere near the most efficient organisation in the world.
"Last year alone, the year to March, we took out £10 billion of efficiency savings. This is from the unglamorous part of running an organisation - it's getting out of properties we don't need to be in, it's by reducing our headcount, it's by renegotiating contracts with our biggest suppliers, it's by moving services online so they are being done in a way that's convenient for the citizen, for the user of the service as well as being much, much cheaper for the taxpayer."
The £5 billion of fresh efficiency savings account for nearly half of the £11.5bn in total savings set out by Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015/16 spending round last Wednesday.
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 3 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...
£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...
£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...