national census

Jim Pickard

Francis Maude has come up with a genius money-saving wheeze. The only tiny downside is that it won’t kick in for another 10 years.

As the Telegraph reveals in Saturday morning’s splash, the Cabinet Office minister hopes to scrap the census – Britain’s official population count – in an attempt to save its £480m cost.

However, he admitted that next year’s census would still have to go ahead. He vowed instead to cancel the next official headcount – which will not occur until 2021.

To get to that point the Tories (or coalition) have to win the 2015 election and then the 2020 election. And still be in a cost-cutting mood. That’s a whole pyramid of ifs. Read more