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Autumn statement: the efficiency deficit

The government needs to lay out how it plans to save money through making departments more efficient

By Emran Mian  

Protestors from the People's Assembly wear George Osborne masks on a marchin London. © Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The headline public spending implication of last week’s Autumn Statement is well known: spending has to fall, by a lot, over the next Parliament if the Chancellor is to deliver the budget surplus he is targeting. What isn’t known is how the Chancellor will achieve that ambition: what will be cut, and by…

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