For decades, there was a long standing suspicion that government departments waste huge amounts of taxpayers money. However, the data was never there to confirm this view.
That has now changed. The coalition has forced government departments to publish their expenditures over £500. Everything is online now.
Today, I downloaded the December expenditure for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Then I set myself the task of cutting at least 7 percent of their expenditures without reducing staffing costs.
In December, the Commission spent £1.7 million. Around 30 percent went on salaries, 25 percent on grants and a staggering 17 percent on rent (lets hope that latter amount was a quarterly not monthly bill).
The seven percent target could have been achieved if the Commission had introduced: a) a staff travel ban; b) stopped "monitoring" the media and Parliament, c) cancelled a conference, d) cancelled some electronic subscriptions, e) stopped translating their documents, and e) fired an overpaid Barrister. The details are presented in the table above.
One job lost for a 7 percent reduction in expenditures, I am sure it is possible.
One last question, do you think the Commission's "media" monitoring also picks up this blog?