By Paul Goodman
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And now for something bigger still: Education.
2010 – 2011 Outturn: £59,922,700 b
2011 – 2012 Outturn: £56,391,000 b
Michael Gove's department is a particularly interesting one to examine, given the plan to cut his department's administrative costs by half, which Peter Hoskin reported recently on this site.
I gather that the Education Department's own administrative spend is £500 million. That figure comes with a health warning, since administrative costs can be a moveable feast.
Of course, every penny matters, and it's a good thing that the department is striving to save money. But however you cut it, those costs are clearly a tiny fraction of the total.
"Unprecedented reductions in spending on public services" – Paul Johnson, Institute of Fiscal Studies.