Saturday 24 February 2018

Urgent need to cut out waste

THE Cabinet meets today to put some shape on the Budget. It will reconvene at the end of August to continue its deliberations. There is no doubt those taking part face a huge, thankless task that is fraught with danger for the immediate and long-term future of this country.

The message has been sent out strong and clear that we will all be hit hard in some shape or form. We are used to such messages and their impact at this stage.

But as the cabinet members consider their options they would be well-advised to take some time out to see where money can be saved, not by cutting services, but by reducing wasteful spending. There are myriad examples where even a cursory glance raises eyebrows and questions on how a particular item or undertaking can cost so much.

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