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Spending review

George Osborne and Danny Alexander leave the Treasury to deliver the spending review.

Spending review – a response from a Tory marginal

28 June 2013 9:01

If there was one thing the spending review has proved, it is that the Conservative-led coalition is a compassionate government. In fact, I would go further and argue that it… Continue reading

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Ed Balls responding to the spending review announcement today.

Spending review – a response from a Labour marginal

28 June 2013 9:00

The Spending Review was a political device that the chancellor clearly hoped would get him through to the end of this parliament. But if the spin doesn’t match the realities… Continue reading

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George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement On The Economy

Spending review: All departments settle

23 June 2013 22:01

All departments have now reached agreement with the Treasury in the spending review. Vince Cable’s Business Department, which was not expected to settle until the last possible moment, settled earlier… Continue reading

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Vince Cable has been vocal about protecting his department's budget from further cuts. But he hasn't succeeded in doing so, unlike his Tory colleagues. Picture: Getty

Cabinet ministers told to find an extra £2.5 billion in cuts

19 March 2013 13:11

Cabinet this morning can’t have been a cheery occasion. The Prime Minister did congratulate all those who had been involved in the Leveson talks, with a little bit more congratulation… Continue reading

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The 'cap' on AME spending is a bold move, albeit one that might imperil other parts of the government's agenda.

Exclusive: Number 10’s plan to break the spending review log-jam

13 March 2013 16:43

George Osborne yesterday set the date for completion of the 2015-16 spending review as 26 June. But it is hard to see how an agreement between the Treasury and the un-protected… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg answering questions after the 2010 comprehensive spending review. The two parties are working out their negotiating positions ahead of the 2015/16 spending round. Picture: Getty

How will the Tories sell more welfare cuts?

19 February 2013 16:31

David Cameron is making noises about further welfare cuts as he tours India, reports the FT’s Kiran Stacey. This isn’t surprising: the PM has got a gaggle of Cabinet ministers… Continue reading

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George Osborne and Danny Alexander briefed the Cabinet today on the 2015/16 spending review. Picture: Getty

Cabinet agrees ‘difficult decisions’ due for 2015/16 spending review

22 January 2013 13:52

Ministers aren’t just getting ready for March’s Budget: they’re also trying to work out a ‘budget setting process’ for 2015/16. The content of that slimmed-down departmental spending review formed the… Continue reading

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Osborne’s Paul Daniels strategy

24 October 2010 16:05

Is George Osborne the first British Chancellor to hide good news in the small print? I ask this in my News of the World column (£) today, and ask what… Continue reading

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Clegg hits back at the IFS

22 October 2010 9:03

It’s fast becoming a tradition: when the IFS calls the government’s work "regressive," send for Nick Clegg to take the think tank on. He wrote an article for the FT… Continue reading

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The Tory response to Osborne’s Spending Review

20 October 2010 19:41

George Osborne was well received by the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers when he addressed them on the spending review earlier. There was much thumping of desks, the traditional sign… Continue reading

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The chart that could cause trouble for the coalition

20 October 2010 15:10

Just as they did in the Budget, the coalition have produced a chart showing the impact of the Spending Review’s tax, spend and benefit measures on different income groups (see… Continue reading

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The departmental cuts

20 October 2010 14:13

The Spending Review document is available here, but we’ve collected the cuts facing some of the main departments in the table below. This is not the complete picture of Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Spending review live blog 

20 October 2010 12:24

1350, PH: And that’s Johnson finished now. Osborne is responding, but we’ll leave the live blog there. Plenty more coverage on Coffee House soon. 1348, PH: Johnson claims that Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Osborne vows to play straight

20 October 2010 11:51

George Osborne’s statement is, I hear, about 40 minutes long. I also hear that there is no obfuscation in it about what is being cut. The coalition is determined that… Continue reading

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How we got here – and where we’re going

20 October 2010 11:08

With the Spending Review less than two hours away, I thought CoffeeHousers might like to be armed with a few graphs that set the scene. What follows is by no… Continue reading

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On the eve of the cuts

19 October 2010 21:46

In economic terms, the role of the Comprehensive Spending Review is a fairly straightforward one: to set Departmental Expenditure Limits for every government department, and outline some of the policy… Continue reading

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The day of reckoning draws near

19 October 2010 18:46

Tomorrow we finally move from generalities to specifics.  No need to argue any more about whether the losers will be up in arms or will it all be a damp… Continue reading

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Generous settlements mean gigantic cuts elsewhere

19 October 2010 18:13

I hear that the Department of Transport’s settlement is another one that is not as bad as expected. The capital statement is, apparently, positively reasonable. George Osborne’s commitment to infrastructure… Continue reading

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What we know already

19 October 2010 17:44

At the Comprehensive Spending Review tomorrow, we will get a much clearer picture of how the Government plans to manage spending cuts.  There are a few things we already know,… Continue reading

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What should the Chancellor do in the Spending Review?

19 October 2010 15:04

With this autumn’s Spending Review set to be one of the most important moments in the life of the Coalition Government, Reform has linked up The Spectator’s Coffee House blog… Continue reading

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The coalition’s carrier trouble

19 October 2010 10:31

We will be presented with the full defence review at around 1430 today – but already its contents are spilling out across the papers. Much of it is unsurprising: a… Continue reading

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Putting the cuts into context

19 October 2010 9:07

Having been accused of being a “pain denier” by Tim Montgomerie yesterday, I’d like to quickly defend myself. In my News of the World column, I sought to put this… Continue reading

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Fox in the dock?

18 October 2010 18:23

Split-stories have their own momentum. As soon as you know that a certain secretary of state is in the dog house with Downing Street, you start seeing things through that… Continue reading

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Laws helps Gove

18 October 2010 16:51

Michael Gove has just been explaining in the Commons where the £7 billion for the fairness premium that Nick Clegg announced on Friday will come from. Revealingly, David Laws was… Continue reading

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Alan Johnson’s economic gamble

18 October 2010 11:45

The most shameless line of Alan Johnson’s big speech came at the beginning. "Being in opposition does not mean pretending to be in government," he averred, "we will not be… Continue reading

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