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Queen's household told to do more to cut costs

The Queen's royal household could be doing more to reduce its costs and increase income, and needs to get a firmer grip on a backlog of property repairs, according to MPs on the public accounts committee.

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No royal household cuts despite public sector austerity

Royal Demi Chef De Partie in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The royal household's staffing levels have remained largely static at around 430 people, during the past seven years, to allow it to maintain the Queen's programme.

However this contrasted with the public sector which had seen employee numbers cut during the same period, and yet the sector was still expected to increase efficiency with fewer workers.

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