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At-a-glance: spending review
Here are the key points of Chancellor Gordon Brown's spending review statement setting out government spending plans for the next three years.

Total spending

  • Mr Brown said overall departmental spending would rise by 61bn to 340bn in 2007/8.
  • Civil service jobs

  • Gross cuts of 84,150 civil service posts by 2008 to free up resources for "front line" investment.
  • A further 20,000 posts will be cut in Scotland, Wales , Northern Ireland and English local government.
  • 20,000 civil servants to be relocated from London and south-east England to regions including South Wales and Yorkshire.
  • Mr Brown said the job cuts, plus other efficiency measures, would help save 21.5bn a year.
  • A plan to cut uncertified sick leave in the civil service is to be published.

  • Mr Brown set a new target of selling off 30bn worth of government assets by 2010.
  • National security and defence

  • Overall spending on national security to more than double from 950m to 2.1bn by 2007/8, including recruiting 1,000 extra intelligence officials.
  • The total defence budget would rise by 3.7bn to 33.4bn by 2007/8 - a real terms increase of 1.4%
  • Diplomacy

  • The Foreign Office is to receive 1.4% a year extra above inflation.

  • The budget for the BBC World Service and the British Council will also increase.

    Overseas aid

  • The total international development budget to rise from 3.8bn to 5.3bn by 2007/8 - an average real terms increase of 9.2%.

  • Mr Brown said Britain's aid budget would reach the United Nations' target of 0.7% of gross national income by 2013 - or possibly even by 2008.
  • Help to Africa for health, education and fighting poverty by 300% to 1,250m by 2007/8.
  • Science

  • Government spending on science will rise from 3.9bn this year to 5bn by 2008.

  • The money will go towards science teaching, improving salaries for graduate scientists and generating more science link-ups with business.
  • Health

  • Health spending will rise by 7.1% over the next three years.
  • Mr Brown said his plans would allow another 160,000 very elderly people to install care alarm systems in their homes.
  • 1.5 billion to be given to the developing world to promote treatment and cures to tackle the "scourge" of HIV/Aids.

    Local government

  • Mr Brown said spending on local government would rise by 2.7% a year above inflation for the next three years.
  • Local councils will get three-year budgets to help them plan ahead.
  • Transport

  • Transport budget will rise from 10.4 billion this year to 12.8 billion in 2008.

    Housing and regeneration

  • The chancellor promised a 50% rise in social housing by 2008.
  • There will be a 525m-a-year boost to the neighbourhood renewal fund for urban regeneration.
  • Environment spending will rise by 300m to 3.5bn by 2007/8.
  • Law and order

  • The home secretary will be announcing plans to have 20,000 community support officers by 2008.
  • There will be a 30m fund for crime victims.
  • Mr Brown said there would be a new fund to finance "community-based methods" to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide facilities for young people.
  • Education and childcare

  • Education spending will increase from 63 billion to 77 billion.
  • 100m from capital funds will go towards building new children's centres.
  • The government is to pilot the extension of free nursery education to two-year-olds in 500 areas of the country.
  • Free public access will be extended to university museums.
  • Tory response

  • Shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin said the chancellor's plans were a recipe for "fat government".
  • Mr Letwin said the spending plans would mean third term tax rises from Labour.
  • He said: "While ministers have been preaching about obesity, their departments have been getting fat on taxpayers' money."
  • Mr Letwin said that only 14,000 out of 88,000 new schools staff in the last year were teachers or teaching assistants.
  • The Tory spokesman accused Mr Brown of wasting 21.5bn of taxpayers' money.
  • Liberal Democrat response

  • Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable welcomed proposals for cutting waste but said the government's plans "strained public credibility".

  • He compared Tory "slash and burn" policies to Labour's more cautious "trim and singe".
  • Mr Cable said clear choices had to be made to fund priority areas, such as cutting industrial subsidies or plans for ID cards.
  • The Lib Dem spokesman asked how many ministers and departments were being axed in the efficiency drive.
  • Mr Cable concluded by accusing the government of producing an arbitrary savings target and then deciding what should be cut.
  • Backbench contributions

  • Former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke said his successor was trying to sound like he was announcing a pre-election spending spree while doing the opposite.
  • Mr Brown denied claims the government planned to contract out work to private firms when axing posts.
  • Asked if there could be closure of army regiments or troop cuts, the chancellor said precise decisions for the make-up of British forces would be for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Labour backbencher John McDonnell raised worries from the Public and Commercial Services union as he said the civil service cuts would affect service delivery.


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