NAO questions government’s savings claim

Claims by the government that it has saved £13.3bn from an annual public
spend of about £120bn since the
efficiency drive began in 2004 have been questioned by the
National Audit Office.

In response to the savings claim, a new report by the NAO found the
government’s calculations were unclear and called for more transparency in how
they are accounted.

It said barely a quarter (£3.5bn) of the savings claimed by the government
could be verified, while £3.1bn of the claimed savings couldn’t be trusted at
all, while £6.7bn were tainted with ‘measurement issues and uncertainties’.

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