Tuesday, 29 September 2009

How are we paying for all this?

Here are a few things to think about from the PM’s speech as some more detail about funding has emerged.

Free care for the elderly at home – to be funded through cuts in advertising, marketing, IT and consultancy budgets and through local government efficiencies.

Questions: How will efficiencies affect councils? Just how much money was being spent on advertising, IT etc?

Cancer tests within a week of seeing a GP – funded through £1 billion of efficiencies from the NHS capital programme.

Question: Does that mean planned buildings won’t be built?

Supported housing for 16 and 17 year olds – funded through existing housing budgets.

Question: How much spare money is there in existing budgets?