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Jeremy Hunt explains how he plans to save £1.8bn | Politics | News

Jeremy Hunt explains how he plans to save £1.8bn | Politics | News

New technology will slash red tape in the NHS and police as part of a Government bid to save £1.8billion. Plans include sending police drones to incidents such as traffic accidents so they can relay information about the level of resources required. Jeremy Hunt will insist he can cut costs without damaging public services when he delivers a Budget statement on Wednesday designed to end the “high spending and high tax” policies introduced to deal with Covid and soaring energy bills. Some crime victims and witnesses will be interviewed via video call rather than in person, and artificial intelligence (AI) will be used on 101 calls to help the public get the support they need. AI will also be used in the NHS to help analyse MRI scans, ensuring more than 130,000 patients a year get test results sooner. The efficiency measures will cost £800million, most of it spent on new technology, but Mr Hunt aims to improve public sector productivity by £1.8billion by 2029 – with savings of £20billion eventually possible, according to an …

Tories urged to end ‘idiotic’ £1.8bn tax break for UK fishing fleet | Fishing

Tories urged to end ‘idiotic’ £1.8bn tax break for UK fishing fleet | Fishing

The government needs to urgently end polluting tax breaks for the UK fishing fleet that threaten to “empty the ocean of fish”, say conservationists, after a first-of-its kind study reveals diesel subsidies to be worth up to £1.8bn a decade. Without the tax subsidies, largely provided to the most fuel-intensive section of the fleet, many sectors would be unprofitable, according to the analysis by government environmental advisers. Globally, fuel subsidies to the fishing industry were estimated at $8bn (£6.3bn) in 2018, and represented a third of all harmful fishing subsidies, the authors said, adding that they were a key factor in the widespread depletion of fish populations, more than a third of which are overfished. Fuel-tax concessions for the UK industry amounted to £150m-£180m a year, from 2009 to 2019, according to the analysis of industry data, which was published in the journal Marine Policy last autumn. They amount to between 15% and 18% of the industry’s income, which was worth £1bn last year. This tax relief benefits the most fuel-intensive, climate change gas-emitting and …