The TaxPayers’ Alliance has offered a list of cuts as part of its “Spending Plan”. It would abolish the Whitehall departments for Business, for Energy and Climate Change and for Culture – saving £7.5 billion. It would abolish the pensions ‘triple lock’ whereby pensions will rise by a budget-busting 2.9% this year, even though inflation is falling – saving £6.8 billion. It would cut Scotland’s grant by £4.4 billion. It would scrap national pay bargaining in the public sector to save £5.8 billion. These savings (and they have others) add up to £24.5 billion.