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Government: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 26 February 2010, Official Report, column 806W, on public expenditure, whether the £500 million of savings by reducing duplication between organisations will include savings delivered by the Total Place initiative; and whether Total Place savings will be allocated to (a) central and (b) local government. (324121)

The Government announced in pre-Budget report 2009 that at least £500 million would be saved by 2012-13 by reducing duplication between organisations and streamlining arm's length bodies. Budget 2010 gives further detail on how these savings will be achieved.

These savings are being delivered as part of the Government's commitment to deliver £11 billion of savings by 2012-13, set out in “Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government” and are separate from any savings identified through Total Place. The Total Place report, published on 25 March 2010, set out further details of how savings will be achieved.