28 June 2010 | Nick Martindale
The UK government is asking public sector workers to suggest ways to save money as part of its “Spending Challenge”, including identifying areas that could be outsourced to private sector suppliers.
Employees in schools, hospitals, councils and other positions have been invited to highlight government-funded services they believe are not essential and activities which could be better targeted or provided more effectively.
The coalition said this could include services that could be sourced from “providers other than government”.
In a joint letter signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and obtained by SM, the government said identifying savings could help avoid job losses and wage cuts.
It said: “The biggest challenge our country faces is dealing with our huge debts and that means we have to reduce public spending.
“We want you to help us find those savings, so we can cut public spending in a way that is fair and responsible. You work on the front line of public services. You know where things are working well, where the waste is and where we can re-think things so that we get better services for less money.”
It added that every serious suggestion would be considered by government departments, HM Treasury, the teams at Number 10 and the Cabinet Office, as well as being passed to Parliament’s public accounts committee for further scrutiny.
Staff can leave comments via the Treasury's website until 9 July, and have the option to remain anonymous.