Efficiency drive 'increased costs'

AOL Money Staff
Whitehall
Whitehall

A massive seven-year Government efficiency programme has backfired - by increasing the cost to the taxpayer by hundreds of millions of pounds, a public spending watchdog said.

Whitehall departments have spent £1.4 billion over the last seven years in a bid to save £159 million by sharing "back-office" functions such as personnel and procurement.