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24 March 2010

Budget 2010: Chancellor’s Departments Contribution to Operational Efficiency and Smarter Government Savings

Today the Chancellor’s Departments announce they will deliver £261m of savings, as their contribution towards £11bn savings that are being made across Government.

The Budget has today reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to making £11bn of savings a year by 2012/13 from efficiency and streamlining the centre of Government. 

The £11bn of savings will contribute to halving net borrowing and protecting key public services.  The savings will come following the work of the Operational Efficiency Programme and Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government (opens in new browser window).

The Chancellor's Departments will meet this target through a range of activities, including:

The Chancellor’s Departments are committed to delivering the significant savings necessary and are making real progress through ambitious efficiency and value for money plans.

Notes for editors

1. PBR 2009 announced that £11bn savings would be delivered by 2012/13 from Operational Efficiency Review conclusions and from Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government.

2. Budget announces examples of how departments will deliver savings which will come from £8bn Operational Efficiencies; £0.5bn reforms to Arms Length Bodies; over £650m from reducing spend on marketing, communication and consultancy budgets; £0.5bn from reducing spend on IT programmes; £0.3bn from reducing spend on energy; and,  £0.14bn from reducing spend on the senior civil service and reducing days lost to sickness.

3. These savings will contribute towards reducing borrowing and protecting frontline priorities.

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