Peter Hoskin

Who is prepared to cut, and who isn’t?

Who is prepared to cut, and who isn't?
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One of the leitmotifs of this Parliament  – and something which, by many inside accounts, is helping the coalition immensely – is the willingness of the civil service to wield the axe within their own departments.  And now, courtesy of Reform and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a new survey suggests that this mentality may stretch beyond Whitehall.  It quizzes public sector "finance decision makers," and the headline finding is that:

"82 per cent of respondents think further savings can be made within their organisation in the next year without affecting the current level of service they provide."