Budget: Efficiency Savings

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Spokesperson for the Treasury, Spokesperson for Work and Pensions

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the £11 billion of efficiency savings announced in the 2010 Budget to be achieved by 2012-13, detailing each item forecast to save more than £25 million.

Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Budget 2010 announced further detail of £11 billion of cross-cutting efficiency savings to be delivered by 2012-13. This includes:

£8 billion from the operational efficiency programme;at least £500 million from reforming and rationalising arm's-length bodies;over £650 million from reducing departmental consultancy spend by 50 per cent and departmental marketing and communications spend by 25 per cent;£500 million from reducing spending on IT programmes across government;£300 million from increasing energy efficiency across the public sector;£140 million from reducing the cost of the Senior Civil Service by 20 per cent and reducing sickness absence in the public sector, andat least £600 million from making better use of telephony and e-channels.

Alongside the Budget, departmental press notices have broken down each department's share towards the £11 billion and contain further details of how these savings will be delivered.

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