Government 'squandering billions'

Billions of pounds are being wasted by government departments which have failed to learn the lessons of the past, a Commons committee has warned.

“Basic errors are repeated time and again,” the Public Accounts Committee said, adding public services were marred by complexity and bureaucracy.

A 2% improvement in their spending could save £8bn a year, it argued.

The report comes a day after the chancellor hailed improvements in the public services in a pre-Budget report.

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