Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls claims DWP spends too much on stationery printing
June 26, 2011 by Gareth
Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, recently slammed the government for spending more on stationery printing than it does on youth unemployment.
In an interview with Sky News, Balls claimed that the current Conservative government cut is not doing enough to help reduce youth unemployment. The budget for this initiative is set at £60m. Balls said this was
“less than the government spends in the DWP on stationery.”
The £60m budget from the Coalition government includes money for Job Centres and work placements for those who need them. There are clear arguments on both sides for the amount being either raised or kept as it is, and the figures seem to tally up to around about the £60m for the DWP’s spend on things like office equipment and stationery printing.
Nottingham County Council produced an economic insights report earlier this year suggesting that there would be 1 million people aged under 25 who were out of work this year. With this in mind, local and national authorities are working to combat youth unemployment and redistribution of budgets could be one way to tackle this issue.
Whilst it is understandable that branches of government offices such as the Department for Work and Pensions need equipment and supplies to run, this is no doubt being looked at alongside other spending to ensure that the right areas receive the right amount of funding whilst at the same time achieving the necessary savings to ensure the deficit is cut.