Spending Review 2019

Spring Review 2019
5th September 2019

George Evans-Jones presents a brief overview of the main points coming out of yesterday’s Spending Review.

Health

  • Increase NHS spending by £6.2 billion next year
  • £210 million for ‘frontline’ NHS staff
  • Invest more in training and professional development for doctors and nurses (not figure attached)
  • £2 billion of new capital funding – upgrading 20 hospitals this year
  • £250 million for new AI tech

Local Authorities

  • £1.5 billion for social care next year
  • 2% council tax precept to raise £500 million
  • £54 million to address homelessness and rough sleeping
  • HM Government claim this is largest increase in local government spending since 2010

Brexit

  • £2 billion for Brexit delivery next year
  • Will work with Bank of England to coordinate fiscal and monetary response for UK economy

Defence

  • £2.2 billion for defence, 2.6% increase
  • Increases shared of GDP being spent on defence
  • £7 million to fund Normandy Memorial Trust
  • Confirms Office for Veterans’ Affairs with £5 million funding

Spending

  • HM Government says day-to-day spending will increase by £13.8 billion
  • £1.7 billion will be added to capital spending
  • HM Government say this increase is the fastest, accounting for inflation, in 15 years

Policing and criminal justice

  • HM Government claim there will be a 6.3% increase in real-term Home Office spending – £750 million to recruit the 20,000 new police officers
  • Additional £45 million for immediate recruitment – aim to get 2000 in place by end of March 2020
  • 5% real-terms increase in resources budget for the MoJ (although their budget has decreased 40% from 2010)
  • £80 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Education

  • School spending will increase over 3 years to £7.1 billion
  • Every secondary school will be allocated a minimum of £5,000 per pupil (not indication of what % increase or decrease that is on current per-pupil spending)
  • Each primary school will get at least £3,750 to be increase to £4,000 by 2020
  • Teachers’ starting salaries will rise to £30,000 by 2022-23
  • £400 million increase in FE funding next year

Transport

  • £200 million to ‘transform’ bus services across the country, specifically funding low-emission buses and trailing on-demand services

George Evans-Jones is a Programme Manager at DGMI, with great experience in central government relocation

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