Facebook to Help with Budget Ideas



Facebook is a social media network being used by the UK Government to involve people in public budget cut suggestions.

Facebook is a social media network being used by the UK Government to involve people in public budget cut suggestions.

The Government ministers are taking up social media networking and marketing to help with the county’s budget.  The Prime Minister has announced they will use the site to request ideas on saving public money.  There are 26 million UK Facebook users.  The people will submit their ideas through the “Spending challenge Channel”, an expansion of the site’s Democracy UK Pages which were set-up during the general election.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Founder and CEO said: “We’re really delighted to be in partnership with the British government in order to harness the energy and ideas that Facebook users have to help the UK public save money.  The Government’s willingness to reach out and engage with Facebook users is going to go a long way.  It’s really innovative to open up policy making and engage the public in this way to try and create more social change.”

The Government has called the exercise “the largest public engagement project” it has ever launched.  Chancellor George Osborne has pledged the Government will consider all submissions seriously.

“We are really excited about having Facebook involved in the Spending Challenge,” said David Cameron.  “There’s enormous civic spirit in this country where people want to take control and do things in a different way.  We are giving people an opportunity with Facebook and I am sure that they will take it.”

George Osborne added when referring to the people: “You pay the taxes that fund our public services, so you should also have a say on how we improve public services.”

Facebook reported more than 1 million people participated on the democracy page in responding to election day polls.  In a video on the website Cameron says: “Now I am asking the general public for their views.  Tell us where is the waste, what we should cut out, what can we improve…your government needs you, please get in touch.”

It is expected that the people will take the opportunity to suggest anything and everything.  From how to conserve energy to cut costs to how to stimulate job creation.

Comments & Debate

  1. July 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm Frank W J Morris Commented:

    Having being involved and responsible for Back Office systems at one of the major international manufacturing companies during the last 30 years where cost reduction and process improvement were paramount in order to keep the business viable and therefore competitive in the services provided I feel that the areas for improvement could be as follows -

    Centralisted Services for all Local Authority Back Offie Services

    Centralised Billing , Accounting , Cash Allocation to Local Authorities, Audit Controls, IT Services, HR Services, Procurement Services, Public Services Contracts, Treasuary, Centralised Control on Maintenance and Safety aspects etc

    These are broad areas whereby each local authority manages the services independantly and where the processes are the same but managed locally by local authorities within local budgets. I cannot see any reason why most of the above cannot be centralised. Issues such as investment of funds would not be determentined by the local authority and issues such as the Icelandic bank investments by certain local authorities would have greater visibility and controlled centrally. Local authorities would be responsible only for budget setting, spending the revenue received and not wasting time on back office services provided independently by the local authority. Centrlalised procurement on major contracts would yield benefits as would single sourcing of suppliers whereby best service and practice would be attained for longer engagement of contractors.

    To provide one set of auditable accounts, with subsets (per each local authority) will reduce the administration effort across all local authorities.

    The vision has to be to simplify reduce overhead and spend the local authority revenue on real process improvement and delivery.

  2. August 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm garry catch Commented:

    we can talk about saving money why hasnt the goverment started looking into mobility cars and the people who can aford to buy there own cars i work in a dealership and i know plenty that shouid not have them ill tell you about one for now she as a 50 thou a year job he as a 25 a year job now here is the joke to this they have a landrover discovery a tvr , and a wheelchair kitted out kia i am not a mean person but could you tell me why this is right when it is a charity based organisation . and why is this aloud to happen . next one an old gent comes in for mobilty car he whats a 60 grand on mobility top of range audi a6 all singing and danceing the only way he could get this would be with 20 grand down . 20 grand would buy you a nice car so there for he wouldnt need any help with a car . we would all like a free car wouldnt we so instead of going for the looking for the money to save just look here some one is getting rich out of this not just the dealer ive got 346 just like this in my files this would make a good read in the sundays. you know the ones who need help when you see them come in

  3. August 29, 2010 at 10:02 am A. Granham Commented:

    Winter fuel and cold weather payments should paid only if the recipient pays the bill or is actually in the country.this benefit which should be protecting our most vulnerable at the coldest time is abused, this is the fault of government not the people on benefit. many people living in care homes, sheltered and or supported housing, in hospital, therapeutic community or rehab DO NOT always pay heating costs(these are met by the provider of that service) but the person/claimant receives the allowance by default. I know of people living in shared supported accommodation-who do not pay heating costs and receive the cold weather payments and 1 man who in the past had lived in his own accommodation, then moved to shared accommodation and the winter fuel allowance followed him…DWP stated it would cost to much not to pay it automatically. another couple who go to warmer climes for the winter period (up to 6 months) still receive all cold weather payments ..why? In 1 month with the people I know over £5,000 was paid out, multiply that figure around the country and its a tidy sum. The person who pays the bill, whose name is on the bill, if on the correct benefit should be able to receive this discount straight at source ie from the gas/ electricity /oil suppliers.

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