John Redwood on "The Cuts":

Health spending – up in cash and real terms
Schools spending – up in cash [£7 billion over four years] and probably in real terms
Contributions to the EU – substantially up thanks to loss of part of the rebate
Overseas Aid – up in cash and real terms
Benefits spending – all benefits to be increased in line with inflation
Pensions – to be increased by more under a new system which includes an earnings link
Equitable Life holders – £1.5 billion of compensation not in previous budgets
Debt interest – up substantially, as this government plans to add £450 billion to the public debt over the five years of this Parliament.
...To which we could add a further £2 billion for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, "in the context of an increase in environment spending across Government by 21%".

It does make one more sceptical of the prevailing narrative (ministers desperately bailing water out of a sinking, broken-masted ship having no choice but to slash the Defence budget) when you see it laid out like that, I think.


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Slightly more specific:

Chancellor George Osborne has announced the government's four-year Spending Review to Parliament, revealing some of the deepest cuts in public spending in decades.

The key announcements:
  • About 490,000 public sector jobs likely to be lost
  • Average 19% four-year cut in departmental budgets
  • Structural deficit to be eliminated by 2015
  • £7bn in additional welfare budget cuts
  • Police funding cut by 4% a year
  • Retirement age to rise from 65 to 66 by 2020
  • NHS budget protected; £2bn extra for social care
  • Schools budget to rise every year until 2015
  • £30bn capital spending on transport
  • Permanent bank levy
Here, department by department, are more details.
Business, Innovation and Skills

Annual budget: £21.2bn
Outcome: Annual cut of 7.1% year.
What's being cut: Administration costs to be cut by £400m with 24 quangos axed. The Train to Gain programme to be axed. University funding to be cut and reform of student tuition fees building on Browne review. The science budget to be frozen - in cash terms - rather than cut.

Cabinet Office

Annual budget: £2.6bn
Outcome: £55m cut in budget. Support for citizenship and "big society" projects. Cabinet Office officials to move into Treasury. Reform of Civil List funding for Royal Household.
Communities and Local Government

Annual budget: £33.6bn
Outcome: 7.1% annual cut in council budgets. Ring-fencing of local authority grants to end. Reform of social housing but aim is to build 150,000 new affordable homes.
Culture, Media and Sport

Annual budget: £2bn
Outcome: Administration costs cut by 41% - 19 quangos to go. 15% cuts in core programmes but free museum entry to remain. BBC licence fee to be frozen for next six years - equivalent to 16% savings over the period.

Annual budget: £46.1bn
Outcome: 8% cut over four years
What's being cut?: The RAF and navy will lose 5,000 jobs each, the Army 7,000 and the Ministry of Defence 25,000 civilian staff. The Harrier jump jets and the Ark Royal aircraft carrier are being axed while the planned Nimrod spy planes will be cancelled. Key spending decision on Trident to be delayed until 2016.

Annual budget: £57.6bn
Outcome: 1% fall in administrative costs, five quangos abolished. Schools in England to get a real-terms increase in funding, their budget rising from £35bn to £39bn. Confirmed £2.5bn "pupil premium" for teaching for disadvantaged pupils. Educational Maintenance Allowances to be replaced.
Energy and Climate Change

Annual budget: £3.1bn
Outcome: 5% annual budget cut. £200m funding for wind power development. £1bn for green investment bank.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Annual budget: £2.9bn
Outcome: 8% annual cut but more money for flood defence.
Foreign Office

Annual budget: £2.2bn
Outcome: 24% cut in funding over four years. Reduction in Whitehall-based diplomats.

Annual budget: £106.4bn
Outcome: The NHS will see a real-terms increase in funding every year, fulfilling a Conservative election pledge. £2bn in extra funding for social care by 2014-15.
Home Office

Annual budget: £10.2bn
Outcome: Overall budget to fall 6% a year
What's being cut?: Police budgets to be cut 4% a year. Aim to maintain "visibility and availability" of officers on beat.
International development

Annual budget: £7.7bn
Outcome: The overseas aid budget is to be protected from cuts but not the department's other costs. Budget to rise to £11.5bn over four years to meet UN aid commitment. Aid to China and Russia to stop and reduction in administration costs.

Annual budget: £9.7bn
Outcome: Budget to fall by 6% a year
What's being cut?: Plan for new 1,500-capacity prison to be dropped but £1.3bn capital investment in prisons. Law Officers' Department budget to be cut by 24%. Cut in Crown Prosecution Service administration costs.
Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales

Annual budget: £55.5bn

Annual budget: £13.6bn
Outcome: £30bn in capital spending, including £500m for Tyne and Wear Metro. Crossrail project to go ahead. Rise in regulated cap on rail fares to 3% above RPI from 2012.

Annual budget: £4.4bn
Outcome: 33% cut in budget. Bank levy to become permanent. £900m to tackle tax evasion. £1.5bn in compensation to Equitable Life policyholders hit by its near collapse.
What's being cut?: 15% cut in Revenue and Customs.
Work and Pensions

Annual budget: £9bn in departmental spending
Separate welfare and pensions budget: £192bn
Outcome: Retirement age for men and women to rise from 65 to 66 by 2020 - four years earlier than planned - saving £5bn a year. Reform of public sector pensions to save £1.8bn by 2015. £7bn in further welfare savings through a new time limit to incapacity benefit claimants and changes to jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit, council tax benefit, pension credit and family tax credits. Withdrawal of child benefits to higher-rate taxpayers confirmed but no further changes. Winter fuel allowance, free bus passes and TV licences for 75 year-olds protected. £2bn investment in new universal credit.

source: BBC News - Spending Review 2010: Key points at-a-glance
Helpful but not strictly trustworthy, I think - would much prefer them to cut out the guff and just tell us flat out the planned budget increases/decreases as percentages for each department over the next five years. Cash as well as "real terms", which once defined can often look a bit dodgy.
"Aid to China and Russia to stop"

Can anyone explain exactly why we are sending aid to them in the first place?
"Aid to China and Russia to stop"

Can anyone explain exactly why we are sending aid to them in the first place?
To boost their aluminium foil milinery industries so that we can all enjoy anti brain ray head wear at affordable prices.

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