Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
CBI identifies £16.3 billion CSR savings
The CBI has identified total savings of up to £16.3bn over the next five years as part of its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).
Read our submission here.
John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said ministers must be ‘truly transformational’ in seeking ‘fundamental reforms’ if the UK is to succeed in delivering on the twin goals of deficit reduction and high quality, sustainable public services.
To achieve this, the UK’s biggest business group is calling for action to ensure ring-fenced departments (health, education, international development) are open to reform and to protect growth enhancing spending on infrastructure, innovation, education, skills and exports.
This includes action to:
- Strengthen the Government Property Unit by bringing commercial acumen to building and land sales (£1bn annual saving after first year)
- Extend shared services among government departments (£640m annual saving after first year)
- Seek NHS productivity improvements that could be worth up to £5bn by 2020.
John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:
“Businesses are steadfast in backing the Government’s drive to get the deficit down.
“Companies will therefore have been heartened by the Prime Minister’s vision for a ‘smarter state’, where he identified reform as the number one principle.
“But this time round savings from departments will be a lot harder to come by, as the low-hanging fruit from the last Parliament has already been picked.
“Our proposals, which include extending digital and shared services to boosting productivity in the NHS, could deliver more than £16bn of savings by the end of this Parliament.
“Commitments to keep within public spending limits will only be achieved through ambitious reforms. All departments, including those protected by ring-fences, need to be open to new ideas and ways of working.”
The submission recommends reforms in both central and local government, rehabilitation as well as productivity improvements in the NHS. They include:
- Encouraging greater cross-departmental cooperation
The Government should build on the results achieved in the previous Parliament by the Troubled Families programme, which seeks to join up services combating truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour, by encouraging greater working across departmental boundaries, including local councils and police forces.
- Commercialising the Government Property Unit (GPU)
Cementing gains made by the GPU since 2010 and encouraging a more commercial approach to getting the most from the Government’s estate. Helping the wider public sector to make better use of assets rather than focusing solely on disposal could save £4bn by 2020.
- Strengthening prisoner rehabilitation support
Reoffending costs the public purse around £13bn each year – but aligning support services such as healthcare, adult social care, education and welfare to work services could save £2bn by 2020.
- Digitising transactional services
Continuing the work started in the last Parliament by the Government Digital Service. Digitising the remaining 22 per cent of transactional services, such as paying council tax, could generate annual savings of £800m.
Other recommendations include:
- Protecting export support, particularly given the current backdrop of reduced demand from China and emerging markets in the near term.
- To continue planned infrastructure upgrades across the country, whether in the regions like the A303 and the Northern Hub or promised infrastructure investments in London, it is critical capital spending plans are delivered in full.
- Reconsider the divide between the Skills Funding Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England to encourage greater co-operation within further education.
Latest News from
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
TUC: Government must take the lead on new global protections for workers24/06/2019 12:25:00
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, commented on the ILO (International Labour Organisation) move to pass new international standards on protecting people in work
UK Space Agency: New space mission to chase down comet will be led by UK scientists20/06/2019 16:05:00
A new mission called Comet Interceptor, which was proposed by the UK, has been targeted for launch by the European Space Agency in 2028.
CBI: Manufacturing output slowed to a halt in the three months to June20/06/2019 15:15:15
Manufacturing output slowed to a halt in the three months to June, marking the slowest growth since April 2016, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.
Audit Scotland - More leadership needed to achieve Scotland’s digital ambitions20/06/2019 14:40:00
The Scottish Government needs to show greater strategic leadership across the public sector to achieve its digital ambitions, says the spending watchdog.
LGA responds to inspection of fire and rescue services20/06/2019 13:40:00
Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Fire Services Management Committee, which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, responds to the second tranche of a national report on fire and rescue services by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
Unicef UK calls on the international community to support vulnerable refugee children20/06/2019 12:40:00
Unicef UK responds to UNHCR Global Trends Report which found that 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the close of 2018.
CBI responds to prompt payment measures20/06/2019 12:33:00
CBI yesterday responded to prompt payment measures.
Wales Audit Office - Unlawful action at Town Council20/06/2019 11:40:00
Failures in decision making and internal control at Town Council results in loss of £234,000
LGA responds to calls to repeal Vagrancy Act20/06/2019 10:40:00
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responded to a campaign by Crisis to repeal the Vagrancy Act
Citizens Advice responds to a new scheme to help people in debt20/06/2019 09:40:00
Yesterday the government has announced a new ‘breathing space’ scheme which will protect people in debt for 60 days from interest, fees, charges and enforcement, as well as providing statutory protections from creditors for people who have plans to repay their debts.