PBR05: Gershon targets met

The chancellor has anounced that the first £4.7bn of efficiency savings
identified by the Gershon review have been made, with £3bn of procurement
savings in the first year, one year ahead of schedule.

He said that 18,500 civil service jobs had been cut, with 10,000 in the
Department Work & Pensions and 3,500 in HM Revenue & Customs. He added
that a further 2,000 would be relocated.

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