Page last updated at 12:58 GMT, Wednesday, 15 December 2010

PMQs: Cameron accused of breaking NHS spending promise

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of breaking promises to increase NHS spending in real terms and keep the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

On 15 December 2010, at the final prime minister's question session of the year, Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Health Select Committee had warned that higher than anticipated inflation rates could mean the government failing to make real-terms increases in NHS funding.

But Mr Cameron told him: "We are not breaking that promise. We want to see NHS spending increase by more than inflation every year."

Turning to EMA, Mr Cameron said that a "better targeted" system was needed.

He said: "The problem with Education Maintenance Allowance is that research shows that over 90% of those who receive it would stay on at school anyway."

The Labour leader insisted Mr Cameron was "breaking a promise and he does not want to admit it".

Mr Miliband also challenged the PM on new figures revealing a 35,000 rise in UK unemployment in the three months to October, bringing total unemployment to 2.5 million.

The PM replied: "Everyone should be concerned and I am concerned by a rise in unemployment.

"Anyone who loses a job is a tragedy for that person and we must do everything we can to help people into work."


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