The Budget has today reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to making GBP£11bn of savings a year by 2012/13 from efficiency and streamlining the centre of Government.
The GBP£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.
Defra will meet this commitment through a range of activities:
- A reduction in consultancy spend will deliver savings of GBP£25 million by 2012/13.
- The department’s facilities management contract under its Work Place Support Initiative will save GBP£9 million per year in 2012/13 compared to 2008/09 through economies of scale and more flexible use of Defra’s facilities. These savings will rise to GBP£11 million per year by 2013/14.
- Defra is also developing plans to save GBP£100 million in finance, human resources, ICT and procurement administration costs by stopping low-priority activities such as some IT projects and improving efficiency. About 85 per cent of this saving will be made via Defra’s arms-length bodies.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said:
'Defra and its delivery bodies are committed to doing their bit to achieve these substantial and vital savings in public spending.
'We intend to make these savings in a way that will have the least possible impact on the people who rely on Defra and its agencies and on what we can achieve as a department, by finding more efficient and effective ways of working.'