TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to NAO chief’s calls to save tens of billions through productivity boosts

Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 16th January 2024


Responding to the head of the National Audit Office’s annual speech, in which he calls for productivity boosts to save tens of billions of pounds in public expenditure, Darwin Friend, research director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Short-term thinking and poor systems management has blighted the public sector for far too long.

“Failure to implement productivity gains is inexcusably wasteful, as billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and large swathes of state resources are squandered unnecessarily.

“If there is to be any hope of remedying poor public services and soaring expenditure, ministers must embrace productivity-boosting solutions across government.”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Joanna Marchong
Investigations Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TPA’s “Automate the State” campaign previously outlined billions of pounds of savings through automation in the public sector.

  4. A previous TPA report on the viability of a four-day working week in the public sector found that public sector productivity has only increased by 4.1 per cent in total in the twenty years up to 2019.
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