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States cuts could save 'millions'

Ian McPherson
Mr McPherson said he was confident there was a will to change

A report on Guernsey States' spending has identified tens of millions of pounds worth of savings.

Tribal Consultancy spent several months carrying out a review and produced a list of more than 100 areas where it could be more efficient.

These include the number of primary schools, secondary schools and bus subsidies.

The report's author, Ian McPherson, said he was confident there was the will within the government to change.

He said: "The management of the property portfolio, the way goods and services are procured could be much more efficient.

The States has never had the financial problems before, which it faces now, and therefore has not been forced to address the issues
Charles Parkinson

"There are significant savings to be had by so doing and if you compare it to other governments across the globe and particularly in Europe, with efficiency agendas, it has been achieved elsewhere."

Mr McPherson said another area that needed to be looked at was the consolidation of in-house services, such as IT support, spread across the departments.

Treasury Resources Minister Charles Parkinson said he believed tougher economic times have forced the issue.

He said: "The States has never had the financial problems before, which it faces now, and therefore has not been forced to address the issues.

"While it's been more convenient for departments to have their own in-house IT support and HR divisions and so on, they've been allowed to do that because, even if it's inefficient, it's convenient for them."



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