UK government crowdsources cost cuts

The UK government is preparing to launch an online campaign inviting citizens to submit ideas on how to cut public sector expenditure, and to vote on those ideas they support.

The Spending Challenge campaign comprises a website and a Facebook page where citizens can submit their ideas and describe how they could be implemented. Other visitors can rate these ideas out of five.

“Our central department ‘champions’ team in Cabinet Office/Treasury will take forward the most promising ideas with departments and Treasury spending teams to be worked up and the results will be reviewed by Ministers, who take the final decisions,” the website says.

The website is based on the same template as the Your Freedom site, which invited citizens to suggest ways in which civil liberties could be enhanced and regulation cut. On that site, the most popular proposal so far – with just eleven votes – is to incorporate road tax into fuel tax.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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