Half FTP 'savings' made by cuts and increasing charges

ONLY about half the money banked so far in the States-wide cost-cutting drive can be classed as ‘efficiency savings’, it has been revealed.

ONLY about half the money banked so far in the States-wide cost-cutting drive can be classed as ‘efficiency savings’, it has been revealed.

Chief Minister Peter Harwood, pictured, released a breakdown of the Financial Transformation Programme, showing only £5.9m. of the £10.8m. savings made were efficiency-driven.

The revelation has further fuelled a potential backbench rebellion against the programme, which is being debated by the States later this month.

But despite the threat of a backbench rebellion against the programme, there are still those who remain supportive of the cost-cutting drive.

Comments for: "Half FTP 'savings' made by cuts and increasing charges"

Guern abroad

The States has to cost cut, and this is by true effective cost cutting.

If there is a rebellion then those that rebel are not fit to be in control of anyone's piggy bank.

Jones

It appears most of the money saved has gone to the consultants in fees and expenses.

Surely there would be better progress if departments took true ownership of thief responsibilities and the UK consultants were wound down.

We all agree Money needs to be saved, but surely we have the skills locally to achieve this.

Reward locally, let the highly paid civil servants manage and let the workers all coordinate and help save the money.

L'eree Lad

States expenditure in 2012 budget was £346m, excluding capital allocations / capital reserve transfers.

A saving of £5.9m represents a measly 1.7% decrease in overheads and not even a quarter of the annual savings needed to eliminate the structural deficit of £27m.

By any objective measure this is an appalling performance by civil service management and those States members directly responsible for departmental spending.

Come on people - pull your fingers out and tighten your belts properly like the rest of us - the future of our island is at stake!