You know better? You make the cuts!

#1
The Guardian has published a little online gizmo that lets you decide where you would cut the budget and reduce the deficit. You just click on a department and tell it how much to reduce the budget and you get a bottom line figure showing what you have saved.

I managed to save £76.45bn without too much effort or thought without touching Defence, Education or Health. I daresay ministers have a more intricate and informed method for the cuts they are going to commit to today but it's just a little fun to see what you can save.

Here's the link: Spending review 2010 | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Happy saving!
 

udipur

LE
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#3
I've saved £14.78bn already by cutting out that useless green square on the right.

(For those too lazy to check, I've stopped devolved spending on Wales - it rains there constantly for a reason, you know)
 
#5
I managed to save £76.45bn without too much effort or thought without touching Defence, Education or Health. I daresay ministers have a more intricate and informed method for the cuts they are going to commit to today but it's just a little fun to see what you can save.
You're too soft! I cut £158.2 billion without touching defence.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
I managed to save 185 billion and then had to stop because I was starting to get moist. I was looking for the obvious Guardian exclusions and lo and behold: Apparently, Britain's net contribution to the EU, Commonwealth and other global organisations in their entirety is 180 million per year, not the billions we thought it was, still, even though it's a big fat lie, I zapped it.

I saved £3 billion per annum by getting us the hell out of Afghan too, rightly or wrongly and shut down the payments (7 odd billion) we make to poor countries - after all, we're poor too you know!.

I managed to halve the Treasury budget - after all, it's these cock-ends that keep dropping us in the shit, though try as I might, I couldn't drill down into the House of Commons budget of 450 million to squeeze that!

10% of roads being privatised saves 90 odd billion per annum - great eh?

I'm afraid the lesbians, gays and foreign johnnies didn't fare too well in my budget either.

Still, with my package of reforms, we'll have the deficit cleared in no time, Mrs Brady 'Old Lady' still gets her winter fuel allowance and we'll soon be saving over 30 billion per annum in interest payments which will give us back a bunch of wedge we can then put back into the spending pot.
 
#7
£60 Billion with out touching anything that matters.

Mind you on the defense page the figures for slashing the TA to 9000 (1.5 billion) look a bit dodgie.
 
#8
I only saved over 150Bn but that was because being the guardian, it was slewed whereby one could not cut by 100 percent and in choices the raft of options was limited. eg., percentages of overseas aid.
 
#10
£34bn-ish from a 5% cut from every area except defence and universities, £11.7bn from means-testing DLA, and I'd expect that a epic crackdown on tax evasion could plug the remaining £4bn or so gap.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
This is what one Guardian reader said:

  • LateSnow


    20 October 2010 10:28AM

    There's no need to cut anything. That's a lie propagated to permit extremists to shrink the state. We are facing a doubledip recession and spending should increase until we are at full employment.

 
#12
There have been several articles over the past week in the Times that public spending is actually going to stay fairly close to current levels, it's just going to be shifted around.
What is being cut are the future levels of increased funding that were going to be spent because that additional money isn't there any more (or never was).
 
#14
god you're all geniuses.

why aren't you running the country? what with the way you're ticking boxes on the guardian gimmick.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
god you're all geniuses.

why aren't you running the country? what with the way you're ticking boxes on the guardian gimmick.
Go on, have a go, you know you want to. Failing that, here's another way to cut budgets, and I would suggest, far, far more effectively:

Population Reduction Program
 
#18
Well, it would be nice to abolish departments completely.

I also think there are some areas where a targeted increase in spending will bring more money in- for example, a tax break for companies that make (completely indigenous) wind turbines, geo-thermal collectors, solar panels etc would get these industries started here.

That would increase employment (and tax revenue there) and also increase our energy independence, so we don't spend so much on foreign oil etc.

I'd like to just emphasise that I'm not a hippie- I couldn't give a shit about the environment, but I reckon that properly managed renewable energy would work out cheaper and reduce our reliance on other countries. Plus, once we establish such industry we can export our kit...

Oh, I got to £200bn before I got bored.
 
#20
Don't see why people feel the need to avoid cutting the Department of Education - as a ministry it is completely unnecesarry; all we really need is a small body to set standard exams and the rest should be up to schools and/or parents.
 

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