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Monday 21 January 2019

Editorial: Inefficient spending must end

A NEW poll indicates just how strongly people feel that cuts should be made in public spending rather than any further tax hikes.

As many look to their wallets and household budgets, having experienced at first hand the hardship resulting from recent paycuts, levies and increased taxes, a widespread suspicion persists that there is still fat to be cut in public spending -- that our tax money continues to be used inefficiently.

This surely will be one of the greatest challenges facing the next government -- to look for what savings can be made in areas such as health and education without impacting negatively on quality.

It is clear the public will take a harsh view on any more money being taken from them where they see little left to give. Likewise, any inefficiencies that come to light in public services from here on in will be viewed dimly by the taxpayer.

It will be a delicate balancing act indeed.

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