Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Service Failed on Savings Targets 'Even during the Good Times'

Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Service Failed on Savings Targets 'Even during the Good Times'

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Whitehall departments have met less than half the efficiency savings targets set for them In 2007, the Public Accounts Committee has said.

The spending watchdog called for accounting officers to be held responsible for making savings with 'clear consequences for senior civil servants who fail to deliver planned improvements in value for money for taxpayers'.

A report published on November 4 said that by March 2010 - two years Into the three-year efficiency round - savings were only £15bn against the £35bn target.

Even the £15bn figure was in doubt, with the committee concluding 'just 38% were definitely legitimate value-for-money savings'.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said: 'Departments were in general unable to make real value-for-money savings of 3% a year following the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review - and that was at a time of Increasing budgets. …

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