22 Jul 2010

UK govt pulls spending cuts website

6:47 am on 22 July 2010

The British government has pulled a website asking the public to suggest ways of cutting government spending after it attracted a range of bizarre proposals and rants against minorities.

The "spending challenge" site was launched by finance minister George Osborne

The Treasury says it received more than 60,000 suggestions, including rationalising stationery purchases, information technology savings and turning office lights off.

However, some of the wilder suggestions included a windfall tax on people called Steve, the sterilisation of welfare claimants and the use of domestic cats on treadmills to generate electricity.