I think I came across a bit of government frugality the other day.
Every year the Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs people send me a nice letter telling me how much, as a self employed person, my monthly National Insurance contributions will be for the coming year. This is the back of the envelope containing this year's letter for the 2014/15 tax year:
"HMRC changed banks in April 2009.
The old accounts will be closing in 2010"
Does this mean this envelope is over four years old and the HMRC are diligently not wasting taxpayers money by using up out of date stationary? I like to think so. Mind you... they must send this letter out every year to every self employed person in the country. There are millions of us. It does make you wonder just how many decimal places were slipped when they first placed the order.
Bloke behind the counter at Prontoprint: "You sure about this? That's a LOT of envelopes..."
There must be warehouses full of the things. And how much has it cost to keep them all dry for all these years?