The government’s spending challenge public engagement website has opened to the public today, meaning that anyone who has ideas on how the country could ‘get more for less from public services’ can go online and submit them.
A statement from HM Treasury says: ‘The Government believes that the people who use our schools, hospitals, transport systems and other public services are the best people to comment on how to get more out of our services, while tackling the country’s record deficit.’
Spending Challenge website
Already, the Government says, 60,000 public sector workers have used the spending challenge website to send in suggestions on how spending could be reviewed.
The site will now be open to the general public throughout July and August, and the Government hopes it will encourage thousands more people to participate in discussion of how the deficit can be reduced. People will also be able to get in touch via the Democracy UK page on social networking site Facebook.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: ‘We are facing the challenge of a lifetime. That’s why I’m asking everyone across the country to send in their ideas. We need to tackle this huge national debt and make our economy stronger, and it’s your ideas that will help us do that by improving public services and saving money.’
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