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As part of its commitment to drive out unnecessary costs and make the UK a world leader in transparency, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, today announced the Government has reduced its spend on Government Procurement cards  and bonuses by £60 million and published a wealth of new information

New data published today shows that £15 million has been saved in this financial year (2011/2012), by limiting performance related pay bonuses to top performers, while spend on Government Procurement Cards has been cut by around £45 million between 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.

The data also shows a significant fall in the number of consultants. In 2009/10 the Government spent £1.4bn on consulting. In 2010/11 this spend fell to £500m, a reduction of 70% or £870m.

For the first time ever taxpayers will be able to scrutinise a range of data, including:


  • Departmental Government Procurement Card transactions over £500 for the first quarter of this financial year.
  • Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay (NCPRP) data for departments and their agencies for the performance year 2010-11.
  • Workforce management information from central Government departments.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office said:

Today’s releases show just how serious we were when we said we were determined to become a world leader in transparency.  Like previous releases today’s datasets on GPC, performance related pay and monthly workforce information are unprecedented and will give the public another way of scrutinising how Government spends its money and holding us to account.

“But what today’s data also shows is how seriously the Civil Service have taken their role in helping us to drive out waste at the very heart of Government and get a grip on expenditure.

“We said that we would reduce spend on Government Procurement Cards and today we have the evidence. In the last year spend on these cards has been cut by around 10 per cent across Government. We said we would reform performance management and we can now reveal we have saved £15 million by cutting back on performance payments made to senior staff. This is not the end - we will leave no stone unturned in our bid to save the taxpayer money.”

Source: Cabinet Office

Written by Scott Buckler
Thursday, 27 October 2011 9:09

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