SkyNews’ Sophie Ridge reports:
Whitehall departments spent £1.4 billion in an attempt to save £159 million by sharing back-office functions such as personnel and procurement.
Similar methods in the private sector typically cut a fifth off annual spend within five years, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Sir Humphrey [in Yes, Minister – The Economy Drive (1980)]:
Asking a town hall to slim down its staff is like asking an alcoholic to blow up a distillery.