Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Reprioritising Britian's Future

Regional hacks did a right hatchet job on Building Britain’s Future last night.

In question was the promise to spend £1.5bn building homes, creating 45,000 construction jobs.

Half of the money would come from "underspends" at the Home Office and the health, education and transport departments.

Another £750m would be raised by "reprioritising" existing housing budgets at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Hold on. If you’re moving money from one budget to another, isn’t one of those budgets being boosted and the other being cut?

Apparently not, officials said – there are no cuts, only reprioritisations.
So which budgets are being reprioritised?

In the end a DCLG spokesman suggested that they didn’t exactly know yet.

We’ve got a briefing with Brown later today – if all funding for proposals are this shambolic it’s going to be ugly.

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