Launched last week, the government has already received over 60,000 suggestions to the Spending Challenge. On the face of it, it is a great innovation—the people who best know how to improve a process are the people who carry it out so why not ask them. However, if the 31 ideas highlighted by the government here are anything to go by then HM Treasury has not got much to work on. Centralising the stationery cupboards in every public sector building is not going to save very much (and may perversely cost more because staff have to spend time travelling to and from the central cupboard whenever they need a new box of staples). Perhaps that's why the government has added a disclaimer that, "They are not ideas that have been shortlisted for further work or implementation but they will all be considered individually alongside the other 60,000 ideas that have been put forward."