A regional daily newspaper is asking its readers which items of wasteful public spending they would cut as the Chancellor prepares to reveal where the government’s axe will fall.
The Belfast Telegraph is calling on its readers to help it expose where taxpayers’ money is not being well spent.
It launched its ‘War on Waste’ campaign ahead of the government’s spending review, which is due to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne in a Commons statement today.
The paper has started the campaign to ensure public organisations spend every pound of taxpayers’ money well and will report on examples of waste highlighted by readers.
Editor Mike Gilson said: “The cutbacks are highly likely to affect everybody in some way. We need to keep pushing the case for adequate funding for Northern Ireland, while at the same time making sure that savings are made in the right places.
“That is why we have launched War on Waste. We all know of anecdotal evidence of wasteful and inefficient practices.
“We are not interested in lambasting public bodies. It is very much in the interests of employees themselves to stamp out waste.”
The Telegraph is inviting public sector employees, as well as those in the private sector, to blow the whistle on wasteful practices with an online form, which can be anonymous.
Chancellor George Osborne is due to announce later today where the government will make major public sector cuts to tackle the deficit under the Comprehensive Spending Review.