What next for public spending?

12 June 2009
Talk of costs – or more accurately, cost cuts – seems to have been amplified in the corridors of Parliament this week. Both Labour and the Conservatives have been in the headlines over future spending plans. Insinuations and suggestion are in steady supply but firm commitments and details of plans are, unsurprisingly, much harder to come by. But at least it makes a change from hearing about MPs expenses. Yesterday, the Times reported on comments from Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on BBC radio about party plans after 2011 for a 10 per cent cut in spending limits for departments other than health. Today, the Daily Mail pits two Labour figures against each other in a story headlined “Darling and Balls in showdown over looming cuts in public spending”. And the Guardian covers the Tory accusation that Labour plans “swingeing spending cuts on a series of government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, immediately after the general election”. The Operational Efficiency Programme – which identified £5 billion additional across the board efficiency savings in the next year – is one of three major factors Labour reportedly said the Tory claims failed to take account of. What’s your take on public spending? What hazards should the politicians be aware of, from a procurement point of view? Post your comments using the link below.
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