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Consultants and Highways to suffer from DfT cuts

Consultants will be hit by a £90M cull at the Department for Transport (DfT), with £30M less being spent per year by 2012/13, and the Highways Agency will be expected to save a further £90M in efficiencies and better planning.

Part of yesterday’s budget announcements included a pledge to reduce overall central government spend by £11bn per year to 2012/13.

The overall £11bn reduction would reduce government borrowing and keep investment in frontline public services.

The DfT will make the following cuts:

  • £40M from streamlining back office functions across finance, HR and procurement;
  • £30M from reducing spending on consultancies;
  • £15M from reducing spending on marketing and communications;
  • £5M from the senior civil service pay freeze and reduction in sickness absence for all staff across the department.

In addition, the department expects the Highways Agency to save a further £90M by 2012/2013 through more efficient highways maintenance and renewals through longer-term planning.

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