Was anyone surprised when the House of Commons public accounts committee found that only £6bn of the promised £35bn government efficiency savings had been delivered? Well, I have to admit that I was surprised but only by the fact that the MPs seemed surprised!
The MPs’ suggested solution is for the Treasury to take control, assuming full responsibility for delivering the efficiency savings and, where necessary, intervening in those recalcitrant parts of the public sector to make them get their fingers out.
This makes them sound, y’know, kinda square. Central control is so mid-2000s. Localism is where it’s at now, daddio! You just cut budgets and let people get on with it.
Will that make the public sector more efficient? Well that rather depends on how good the people running the show in your part of the country are.
More on this over at the Guardian Cuts Blog.