According to the Guardian:
HM Revenue and Customs‘s resource budget will be cut by 5%, but extra resources will be provided to tackle tax evasion.
This is utterly bizarre logic. In a system – and we have a tax system – you simply cannot make such claims. It is not possible.
What you can say is the resources required to collect tax are being cut with the inevitable consequence that the tax yield will fall – probably by more than £11.5 billion.
The food budget for the Worstall family is to be cut by 5%. But the budget for cake will increase. This is of course entirely possible. The budget for non-cake will fall by more than 5% leaving room for an increase in the cake budget inside the smaller overall food budget.