Big decisions needed on what the state should and shouldn't be doing

Responding to the news that the Government is looking for new spending cuts of up to 6%, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"For all the talk of fixing roofs and tough decisions, the public finances remain in a woeful state and the national debt continues to soar. Even after adjusting for inflation, current government plans are actually to increase day-to-day spending by £10 billion over the parliament. So while saving a bit here and there in departmental budgets is welcome, the books will never be balanced by trimming little bits of spending every few years. A far more fundamental review of what the state should and shouldn’t be doing is sorely needed."

In 2015, the TaxPayers' Alliance produced The Spending Plan, which showed in detail how spending can be reduced to repair the public finances and lay the foundations for tax reform.

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