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Department for Work and Pensions: Cost Effectiveness

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 1632, tabled on 9 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what efficiency savings his Department plans to make to achieve reductions of £105 million in its budget.

Answered on

16 June 2015

The savings for 2015-16 announced on 4 June 2015 are being achieved through further efficiency savings, tighter control of budgets to drive underspends in year, and driving through asset sales.

The Department for Work and Pensions will make £75m efficiency savings in 2015-16 from projects, programmes and services across the department. A further £30m of income will be generated for HM Treasury through an increase in Social Fund debt recoveries.

The government is getting on with the job of repairing the public finances, and to run a surplus in this Parliament. This will create the best conditions for sustainable growth.