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Foreign Office budget savings

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Foreign Office has announced £55 million worth of savings as its contribution to the wider £6 billion in savings across Government.


The savings will be realised by cutting waste and inefficiency and reducing lower priority programme spend. This includes savings through:

  • reducing spend on consultancy and support functions
  • more collaborative procurement with other departments with a presence overseas, such as DFID
  • increasing asset sales in less-used parts of the FCO’s overseas estate
  • a review of the FCO’s programme spend to be led by the Foreign Secretary.

The Treasury today outlined £6.2 billion savings in an effort to tackle the UK’s record deficit in order to restore confidence in the UK economy and support the recovery.

Published 24 May 2010