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DepartmentCuts, £mSpending, 2008/09, £mCuts as % of 2008/09 spendingDetailsLink
Department of Health and NHS43501094003.98£1.5bn will be saved by driving down the costs of procurement through securing best prices for goods and services; £100m will be saved by taking a new approach to the National Programme for IT that offers greater choice to local hospitals; this is part of the £600m reduction in lifetime costs announced in December 2009; £60m will be saved by reducing the amount of energy the NHS uses, to deliver a 10 per cent cut in carbon emissions; Up to £70m will be saved from more efficient use of NHS estates; and Up to £555m by reducing staff sickness absence in the NHS.http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Pressreleasesarchive/DH_114554
Ministry of Defence700446001.57£550m to be saved across the Department, including up to £120m from greater use of collaborative procurement on construction, food and IT as well as better management of the Defence Estate, savings through greater efficiency in equipment support, and further prioritisation in the Strategic Defence Review. £130m of savings within the MOD through replacement of legacy IT systems. £30m to be saved by further reducing the use of external consultants and expenditure on marketing and communications, including significantly reducing the number of MOD publications. The MOD has already cut consultancy spending by 75 per cent since 2002. The results of an independent review of Defence civil servant numbers, led by Gerry Grimstone, which is looking at the distribution of tasks between military and civilian personnel and the scope for further efficiencies. This is on top of the 40,000 reductions since 1997. Savings may be significant. Findings from the report are expected in May 2010. http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/FurtherRealtermIncreasesInDefenceBudgetConfirmed.htm
Home Office35099803.51£90 million from improved productivity in the UK Border Agency, £40 million from reduced use of consultants and £80 million from cuts in IT spendinghttp://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/budget-2010.html
Department for children schools and families1,100631801.74Schools could potentially deliver a total of £950 million efficiencies to be recycled to improve educational outcomes. £150 million of efficiencies will also be delivered in 16-19 education and Sure Start Children’s Centres. £650 million from greater use of collaborative procurement in schools. £50 million through schools lowering energy usage, using energy display meters which will be available to all schools that want them, enabling schools to typically reduce energy consumption by between 5 and 15 per cent. The Department has also set out where we will cut spending on central programmes and administration and has already committed to finding savings of £500 millionhttp://www.dcsf.gov.uk/news/index.cfm?event=news.item&id=budget_2010_ed_balls_confirms_efficiency_savings_coupled_with_realterms_increases
Ministry of Justice34397003.54Streamlining services like the Legal Services Commission, merging the courts and tribunals services and reviewing the role of the Judicial Appointments Commission. Some 1,000 MoJ staff will move out of London and £5 million will be saved by cutting the pay bill for senior mandarins by 20%. Reducing the cost of the Senior Civil Service by 20%, saving £5m by 2012/13. Introducing a shared service centre for back office HR, payroll, finance and procurement transactions, providing services to 81,000 staff within the Ministry of Justice, saving £25 million by 2013/14http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease240310a.htm
Department for Culture, Media and Sport6068000.88Secure savings of £10 millon through rationalising and restructuring its arms length bodies. This will include merging the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council, and the National Lottery Commission and the Gambling Commission, subject to the necessary consultation; save £15 million through increasing collaborative procurement across all its NDPBs; and save £35 million from meeting the department’s share of reductions in other savings announced in Smarter Government, on back office spending, reducing consultancy and reducing marketing and communications spending across its arms length bodieshttp://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/6781.aspx
Department for Work and Pensions3501357000.26£40 million of savings in its property costs including using benchmarking to identify and improve utilisation in its property costs, including its estate; £180m through getting better value out of our major contracts, including our IT contracts, primarily by working more closely with our suppliers and by reducing demand; reducing the size of our Senior Civil Service and streamlining our support services. DWP has also committed to making an additional £200m of savings through delivering benefits more efficiently as part of the Public Value Programme, bringing total savings from DWP to £550m.http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2010/march-2010/dwp053-10-240310.shtml
Business, Innovation & Skills300153119.60Saving £120m from working with Arms Length Bodies and other Government Departments to seek opportunities to deliver better value for money and produce savings, including through rationalisation and reform as appropriate. This includes savings expected through streamlining and better aligning central government functions at the regional level - including co-locating Regional Development Agencies, Homes and Communities Agency and Government Offices to reduce duplication of functions. Saving £180m from a combination of realising greater efficiencies in our back office budgets including consultancy and marketing and improving procurement processes.http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/features/2010/3/bis-contribution-to-savings
HM Revenue and Customs261341000.77
Communities and Local Government200114001.75£130m savings from back office, procurement and consultancy and marketing. Savings will be achieved through joined up service delivery across the Communities and Local Government Group including 'shared services' from collaborative procurement, ICT, management of estates. £70m savings from working with our Arms Length Bodies to seek opportunities to deliver better value for money and produce savings, including through rationalisation and reform as appropriate. Including savings expected through streamlining and better aligning central government functions at the regional level - including co-locating Regional Development Agencies, Homes and Communities Agency and Government Offices to reduce duplication of functions.http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1516900
Local government (spending funds - right - distributed by DCLG)2100254008.27Significant savings from greater collaborative procurement; Up to £100m through reducing energy usage in local authorities; Savings from increased back office efficiency and greater use of shared services - the recent Putting the Frontline First Taskforce report set out some of the decisive steps that local authorities could take to achieve greater efficiency savings in these areas.http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1516900
Environment, Food & Rural Affairs19431006.26A reduction in consultancy spend will deliver savings of £25 million by 2012/13. The department’s facilities management contract under its Work Place Support Initiative will save £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 £11 million per year by 2013/14. Defra is also developing plans to save £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.http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2010/100324a.htm
International Development15052002.88Streamlining back-office processes - for example by sharing services with other overseas departments; making significant savings in procurement by reducing the rates we pay, improving the value we achieve and procuring collaboratively; halving the amount spent on consultancy now that we have built up in-house skills, for example in finance, IT and procurement.http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/Press-releases/2010/Budget-2010-DFID-commits-to-make-150-million-efficiency-savings-whilst-keeping-pledges-to-the-worlds-poor/
Transport90154000.58£40m from streamlining back office functions across finance, HR and procurement; £30m from reducing spending on consultancies; £15m from reducing spending on marketing and communications; £5m from the senior civil service pay freeze and reduction in sickness absence for all staff across the department. http://nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/Content/Detail.aspx?ClientId=202&NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=412598&SubjectId=36
Foreign Office5019312.59
Energy and Climate Change3021001.43The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will deliver around £30m of savings by 2012/13 through collaborative procurement across its estate by a range of activities including; rationalising the provision of information technology, aggregation of facilities management and increased co-ordination of professional services. DECC already makes extensive use of shared services in its back office functions, including finance, human resources and IT. However, the Department will make additional savings by reducing the number of senior civil servants and further cutting spend on consultancy. Further savings will come from efficiencies found by arms length bodies taking the total savings in 2012/13 to over £32m. DECC is committed to delivering the significant savings necessary and is making real progress through ambitious efficiency and value for money plans.http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn10_047/pn10_047.aspx
Cabinet Office2575000.33Efficiencies in back office functions, building on the success of our Shared Services project with DWP, saving £10m. Improving the way we use consultants will save £8m. We will drive forward our smarter procurement work, so that our use of external resources produces a saving of £7mhttp://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2010/100324-budget.aspx