October 17, 2010

Controlling Public Spending: How to Cut 25%

By Ed Holmes. Edited by Hiba Sameen & Dr Andrew Lilico.

The Coalition government plans to cut departmental budgets by 25% by 2014/15.  This major report considers how to achieve this for six key departments: Education, Business, Innovation and Skills, Communities and Local Government, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and Energy and Climate Change.

For these, we examine the status, feasibility and merit for spending reduction for each programme and consider alternatives means of provision, categorising each new cut as “intrinsically desirable”, “plausible” or “unpalatable”.


Ed Holmes

Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, 2009-2013

Hiba Sameen

Economics Research Fellow, 2009-2011

Dr Andrew Lilico

Chief Economist, 2009-2010

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