The PM opened the session by highlighting some of the suggestions submitted to the Treasury’s Spending Challenge website, which the Government is considering as part of the Spending Review process.
Mr Cameron said the UK was borrowing more than Greece this year, and action had to be taken.
The PM said:
We have had 67,000 emails with ideas and letters from people within the public sector coming up with some great ideas.
Some big ideas, sometimes quite small ideas, but great ideas for how we save money.
For example, if you work in the health service, every time you go to a different hospital you have to have a new criminal records bureau (CRB) check. Why?
Other topics under discussion included Turkey joining the EU, Police Community Support Officers, drug related crimes, the health service, small businesses, social housing and youth advice services.