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.