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Public Service Reform

Asked if there would be new initiatives announced in the next few days, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Government was looking to build on its achievements on public service delivery and reform. We would be setting out new proposals and we would expect those in the next few weeks. Cabinet were also likely to discuss this issue in their meeting tomorrow.

Asked for an agenda for the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, the PMS said we wouldn t normally give out an agenda for Cabinet but as he had said, it was an opportunity for them to spend more time together than would normally be the case to discuss the Government s future plans on domestic policy and in particular public services. Asked if this was geared towards coming up with new policies and a new direction, the PMS said we were always having to respond to new challenges and the new circumstances that we faced and that would be the nature of the discussion.

Put that Liam Byrne had said this morning that the Government would put up taxes in the future, the PMS replied that we had already announced our tax plans and he did not think that was the implication of what Liam Byrne had said this morning. Asked if he anticipated any further rises in tax other than the 50p rate of income tax, the PMS said that that was a matter for the Chancellor in future Budgets. What Liam had set out this morning was simply what the Government s existing plans were.

Asked if the Government s plans for cutting spending had been mapped out, the PMS said that our plans for departmental spending went up to 2010/11. We had not set out any plans beyond that point. Put that some tough decisions would have to be made on tax, the PMS replied that there were tough decisions being made on tax, for example increasing the top rate of tax. Liam Byrne had been talking about the latest commitments the Government had put forward a few weeks ago.

Asked if he would accept that if you took into account interest and higher debt payments then tax would need to go up, the PMS said that we had not made any projections for interest or social security payments beyond 2010/11. Put that he did not accept the forecasts that were out there, the PMS said that they were not our forecasts, which went up to the period 2010/11.

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