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 HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect on productivity of delivering efficiency savings from his Department's 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.

As part of the £4.5 billion in-year savings announced by the Chancellor, the Department for Work and Pensions committed to delivering £105m from its £6.7bn budget in 2015-16, of which £75m is from efficiency savings. Departmental productivity is regularly assessed and is published in the Annual Report and Accounts.

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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