An end to austerity, really? It’s just a sop to older Tory voters

Rather than truly instigating a ‘new decade of renewal’ austerity, the spending review has only an election in mindThere were plenty of shaking heads on the opposition benches when Sajid Javid claimed that his review of Whitehall spending meant “we are…

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The Brexit frenzy has torpedoed any financial stability for public spending

Expect some pre-election largesse for police, NHS and schools, but no respite for services exhausted by previous spending cutsAs the constitutional battle intensifies, public services are becoming collateral damage. The Brexit frenzy, combined with pre…

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Government to fast-track spending review to deliver PM’s pledges

One-year budget allocation will be expedited to meet promises, likely funded by borrowing riseThe government will rush through a one-year spending review next month in order to honour pledges on police numbers, schools and the NHS.The chancellor, Sajid…

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The cost of Boris Johnson: pricing up the next PM’s pledges

From nationwide full-fibre broadband to 20,000 extra police officers, here’s what 10 of his plans might costTaxes will be cut and public spending increased if Boris Johnson makes good on the pledges he has made in recent weeks while campaigning to be p…

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Fishy figures: Boris Johnson’s public service pledges are fantasy economics | Richard Vize

Public services under a Johnson government could pay the price for his obsession with low taxesIn his campaign for the Conservative leadership, Boris Johnson has pledged more bobbies on the beat, a budget boost for schools and his team hinted at public…

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