Department for Work and Pensions: Cost Effectiveness

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what efficiency savings his Department plans to make to achieve reductions of £105 million in its budget.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The savings for 2015-16 announced on 4 June 2015 are being achieved through further efficiency savings, tighter control of budgets to drive underspends in year, and driving through asset sales.

The Department for Work and Pensions will make £75m efficiency savings in 2015-16 from projects, programmes and services across the department. A further £30m of income will be generated for HM Treasury through an increase in Social Fund debt recoveries.

The government is getting on with the job of repairing the public finances, and to run a surplus in this Parliament. This will create the best conditions for sustainable growth.

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George Morley
Posted on 18 Jun 2015 3:20 pm (Report this annotation)

The Minister could mention if honesty were to be given , that 560,000 pensioners abroad will be denied any pension uprating again this year as has been the practice for decades with a saving of 580 million. Using a discriminative policy like this has saved the government billions over the years to the obvious detriment of the pensioners in question.