£15 billion efficiency savings? Where?
The BBC reports that the Budget will announce £15 billion of public spending “efficiency cuts”.
Of course unions must be careful not to get put in a position where they deny that no bits of the public sector cannot be made more efficient, but it is nonsense to think that £15 billion can be hacked off the public sector without making any difference to services. This is to play into the hands of the anti-public sector campaigning of the Taxpayers Alliance and their media allies.
There are some public sector expansion plans – such as ID cards or Trident renewal – that could be scrapped without that many complaints, but neither of these could these be described as efficiency savings – they too would be cuts.