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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
The annual report at a glance

A point by point breakdown of the government's third annual report.

Economy

  • Inflation is at 2%
  • Government finances are in surplus by 6bn
  • The economy is set to grow by between 2.75%-3.25% this year
  • Interest rates at 6.25% and mortgage rates at 6.9%

    Employment

  • 1.68 million people are unemployed
  • Employment up by 970,000 since 1997
  • 300,000 people have found work through the New Deal
  • Youth employment is down by more than 70%
  • One million people have benefited from the minimum wage

    Social security

  • The social security budget is rising more slowly than at any time for 50 years
  • One million children have been lifted out of poverty

    Education

  • The percentage of 11-year-olds reaching the expected level in English is up by 6% since last year to 71%
  • The number reaching the maths target is up by 10% to 69%.
  • Spending per pupil is up 300 a year compared to 1997
  • By September 2000 3% of infants will be in classes of 30 or more
  • Class sizes for older primary pupils have fallen less swiftly

    Health

  • In-patient hospital waiting lists are down by 100,000 since May 1997, to 1,054,000
  • The NHS performs 500,000 more operations a year than in 1997
  • 20 million patients were treated last year
  • There are almost 5,000 more doctors and 10,000 more nurses in the NHS than in 1997
  • NHS spending will increase 6% annually in real terms for the next four years

    Crime

  • Recorded crime has risen by 3% this year, but is 7% down on 1997
  • Burglaries are down 20% and car crime by 17% since 1997 but the number of violent crimes reported is up
  • The average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders is down from 142 days in 1997 to 108 days last year.

    Transport

  • Rail passenger numbers have increased by 15% since 1997

    Pensions

  • From this year, a 75-year-old pensioner on the means-tested Minimum Income Guarantee will be at least 8 a week better off than in 1997

    Culture and sport

  • Spending on culture and sport rose by 8% last year to 1bn
  • The number of child visitors to government-funded museums rose 18% after the introduction of free access in April 1999

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