Government comms directors are briefed on David Cameron's austerity pledge

The new Government's drive to make sweeping cuts was discussed in the first meeting of government comms directors.

Preparing for financial cuts: Whitehall
Preparing for financial cuts: Whitehall

The meeting held by permanent secretary for government communications Matt Tee yesterday afternoon was attended by most Whitehall directors of comms.

This message of austerity was referred to in the meeting, but it was understood to be too early for any definitive figures to be placed on cuts to comms budgets.

Tee’s briefing followed his own meetings with the Prime Minister David Cameron, who held the first Cabinet meeting of the Conservative/Lib Dem Government yesterday.

The Cabinet meeting saw Chancellor George Osborne stress the priorities of tackling the deficit.

‘Matt gave what was largely an operational briefing of how the new coalition Government is organised,’ one Whitehall director of comms who attended the comms meeting revealed.

Following this, most of the meeting was set aside for individual comms directors to inform each other about developments in their own departments.

The Guardian today revealed that The Treasury has been drawing up plans for cuts of more than 15 per cent in all departments other than the NHS and international development.

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