Conservatives point to £564m Government spend on 'spin'

The Conservative Party has released a top ten list of 'spin spenders' in Government.

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury: Philip Hammond
Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury: Philip Hammond

The Tories have released a dossier that details what they call the current Government’s ‘waste and excess’ - including £564m being spent on external communications and marketing.

‘The biggest spin spender was the Home Office, burning through £73m rather than policing the streets,' reads the document.

Other big-spending Government comms departments include the Department for Work & Pensions, which spent £55.3m, and the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which spent £49m.

The party has promised to ‘cut back spending on Government spin and advertising and on unnecessary consultants’.

Philip Hammond, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said the figures showed ‘an appalling indictment of the scale of waste under Gordon Brown's regime’.

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