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SAVE scheme 'not about cuts'

Eight initiatives may save £6 million

A government initiative which asked taxpayers for suggestions on saving money is one step closer to being implemented, despite concern from Tynwald.

Treasury's SAVE programme garnered more than a thousand responses when it was launched last year.

Now ministers have chosen eight of them to be progressed, which it's claimed could save the public purse around £6 million per year.

That's considerably less than the original £25 million per year target.

Tynwald members yesterday (Tue) acknowledged the work done so far on the scheme - but raised concerns over an apparent 'budget by the back door'.

Ayre & Michael MHK Tim Baker supports the project.

He says some of his colleagues misunderstood what it's about.

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