Chancellor George Osborne is asking social workers and other public sector employees for their ideas on ways to save money.
A survey, published on behalf of George Osborne and chief secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands, said: “To inform the review, the government wants to hear directly from public sector workers how we can deliver improved public services with less money.
“This survey is your opportunity to tell central government where the waste is and your ideas for how things could be done better or more efficiently.”
The email and survey, circulated among representative bodies and civil servants, invited public sector workers to submit their ideas to be considered as part of the 2015 spending review.
Unison hit back at the survey as “unfair”, but general secretary Dave Prentis nevertheless urged members to respond to the request.
He said: “The cuts to public spending have put services under a huge strain and it is thanks to hardworking staff that services are still running. As a result many now have to put in extra hours and work more for less.
“Instead of acknowledging this extra effort, the government announced four more years of pay freezes and is now asking workers to find ways to cut budgets even more.”
He added that government had made procurement specialists—people whose job it is to find ways to reduce costs—redundant.
In an email sent to members, Prentis suggested cutting the use of agency staff, stopping reorganising public services and ending privatisation as ways to make savings.
Any ideas submitted will be reviewed by a cross-government team which will then decide on those to be developed. The survey closes on Friday 4 September.