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Government cuts cost of Ministerial cars

Monday, February 27 2012

Mike Penning

The Government has today announced that the cost to the taxpayer of Ministerial cars has been slashed by almost half, reversing Labour's wasteful spending and improving taxpayer's value for money.

In 2009/2010 the Labour government spent £6.8m on providing Ministerial cars - that figure has now been cut to £3.8m or 55 per cent of that.

Commenting, Conservative Transport Minister, Mike Penning, said: "This is part of our ongoing commitment to driving efficiency and improving value for money and transparency for taxpayers."

Further measures to increase efficiencies in the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) include:

* the phased closure of the Government mail despatch service by the end of 2012
* a review of estate options
* a review of GCDA's agency status

More information can be found at http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/statements/penning-20120227/

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