A Whitehall efficiency drive set up to combat waste has spent MORE than it saved. The seven-year programme has backfired by costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds, according to the public spending watchdog. Whitehall departments spent £1.4 bn in an attempt to save £159 million by sharing back-office functions such as personnel and procurement.
At the Department for Transport, the efficiency programme cost £129m more to set up and run than it saved. A Research Councils UK project led to a net cost to the taxpayer of £126m.
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