David Cameron enthused by 100,000 suggestions on spending cuts submitted by the public
The Treasury’s spending challenge website has received 100,000 posts from the public with ideas for cutting public spending. The large majority of suggestions have come from public sector workers.
Speaking at a "PM Direct" meeting in Brighton, David Cameron hailed the public sector for coming up with “great ideas”.
"We have had 67,000 e-mails with ideas and letters from people within the public sector coming up with some great ideas," he said. "Some big ideas, sometimes quite small ideas, but great ideas for how we save money.”
"Someone working in the immigration system said it is mad that when people appeal against a visa decision, even though that appeal may cost £10,000, that appeal is entirely free ... Something else we can change."
A BBC report revealed some other suggestions for cuts included getting cheaper mobile phone contracts across government, and switching government and public service computers to run on free Linux and open source software.
According to the website, one idea submitted involves "galvanising local support for teams of 'civic gardeners' to help to maintain local authority gardens, shrubbery and plants which may have fallen into disrepair.”
Cameron told the Brighton audience reducing the deficit and cutting spending would be done in a fair and responsible manner.
A report by Epolitix revealed that last month shadow Treasury minister Angela Eagle said the website was filled with "drivel".
The report quoted Eagle’s comments that suggestions posted on the site included "sterilising the poor, reopening the workhouses, asking single parents who can't finance their children to terminate the pregnancy, benefit claimants to work in sweatshops and immigrants to be moved out of cities".
Ministers have said the ideas will form part of the spending review due in October
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