So not content with waiting for the October spending review, the Local Government Association has published its own list of proposed cuts, including;
- £400m from 'reductions in data burdens'
- £250m from 'reducing the costs of regulating local government'
- £1.5bn from reducing departmental costs within the 7 Whitehall departments concerned with councils
- £1bn saving in Whitehall departmental resource budgets by reducing regulation
- £50m saving from reduced Whitehall-compliant administration for specific grants
- £900m savings by giving councils greater spending flexibility
- £430m from reducing Quango admin costs
- £860m from reducing Quango budgets by 2%
Um, and the savings to be made by councils themselves are where, exactly?
The Treasury, of course, is laughing up its sleeve; it will take both the Whitehall savings identified by councils, and all the council savings identified by Whitehall.
The tragedy of it all is the sheer waste under Labour - that we've been paying for all this dross for years without either the LGA or Whitehall suggesting a single cent in savings.