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UK Government to slash £580m spend on office furniture

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Deciding on the UK Government\'s spending cuts was expected to be a grim task for the new government. But ministers appear to be having a whale of a time uncovering reckless Labour spending in the build-up to the general election. This will form the backdrop to the announcement of a £6 billion down payment on the bigger cuts to come.
Minicab firms operating in the Westminster area can expect thinner pickings. Ministers have discovered that the government\'s annual taxi bill is £125m, while £320m is spent on hotels, £70m on flights (£11m by the Home Office) and £580m on office furniture. The annual bill for putting all those public sector bums on seats exceeds the full-year turnover of DFS, the furniture retailer.
The advertising industry, too, can look forward to fewer slap-up lunches on the back of a £1 billion annual public sector spend, supplemented by a further £700m on marketing and media. The Department of Health, which rations drugs for cancer sufferers, is spending £275,000 promoting dance classes. The Foreign Office has four separate headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
In the meantime, the £6 billion of cuts will include £513m from scrapping and spending less on quangos. Few tears will be shed over what are largely job creation schemes. Vince Cable, the business secretary, has taken on the chin big cuts in his department\'s budget. It all looks remarkably smooth. (Reprinted from The Times, London)

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