Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Government Raises Efficiency Savings Target

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Government Raises Efficiency Savings Target

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Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has put forward plans for efficiency savings of £600m over the next financial year.

The savings are £66m more than the original £534m target and part of three-year plans aimed at producing economies totalling £1.6bn by 2010/11.

Swinney said: 'By cutting waste, simplifying government and ensuring practices across the public sector are as efficient as they can be, we will deliver £600m in savings over the next year.'

The Scottish government intends to deliver 2% efficiency savings in the three years to 2010/1 1. In the current year, local government will be expected to deliver savings of £174m, and NHS boards will need to find £154m.

According to the government plans, £20m is due to be found from more effective arrangements for the provision of drugs and other prescribed items used in primary care. …

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