Jon Trickett MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, responding to the Government's claim to be cutting the cost of government said:
"For all their talk of savings, this Tory-led Government's failures are costing this country dear. David Cameron and George Osborne have delivered a double-dip recession made in Downing Street, and they are already having to borrow £150 billion more than they planned over the Parliament - the cost of their failed economic plan.
"Far from protecting the front line, they are cutting thousands of police officers and have broken their promise to protect the NHS budget which has fallen two years in a row. Already, 4,500 nurses have been cut since David Cameron became Prime Minister. And yet at the same time the salary bill for Tory and Lib Dem spin doctors has risen by 25% in just one year - so much for cutting the cost of Government."