Spending review


John McDonnell hasn’t worked out how to attack the government

26 November 2015 9:11

John McDonnell is very peeved this morning that a stunt that he pulled in the Commons to get attention has…


Watch: John Bercow tells Corbynista to ‘get a grip’ during Autumn Statement

25 November 2015 14:00

Last month relations between the Tories and John Bercow hit an all-time low as the Speaker called Sajid Javid ‘incompetent’…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…