UK Politics

Labour Party: Gordon Brown outlines efficiency savings

News   •   Dec 08, 2009 10:09 GMT

Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made a speech outlining plans for more efficient and smarter government.

Gordon Brown said that power must shift to users of public services and set out measures including cutting the senior civil service pay bill by 20 per cent, halving government spending on consultants, merging or abolishing 123 government arms length bodies – with greater oversight for the remainder – and relocation of more staff outside London and the South East.

At a time when budgets are tighter, we must be relentless in finding new ways to save money to protect front line services. Today’s announcements show that Labour are willing to take the tough decisions needed.

Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, said:

"As the country emerges from recession, taxpayers want more than ever to see their contributions used in the same way they manage their own finances: by getting maximum value for money. When money is tight, families look at what they need, tighten their belts and put off those things they can do without. And government will do the same.

"Before 1997 successive governments skimped on the investment that our public services depend on, and became complacent about the quality of the services they provided to the public.  Since then, this historic under-investment has been corrected and what were once seen as ambitious goals are increasingly seen as the norm…For example, today if you need to see a consultant as an out-patient your wait for treatment is on average just over 4 weeks. In 1997 it was over 13 weeks.

"The proposals we are setting out in this plan – which is just one element of our plan to reduce the deficit - will go further than we have ever gone before in streamlining central government.  We have already promised savings of £35 billion a year by 2011 on top of the £26.5bn a year already delivered through the Gershon review. But by identifying new ways of working - and being prepared to make the tough choices - we can deliver in excess of another £12bn in efficiency savings over the next four years.  This includes £3bn of new efficiency savings identified since the Budget”