Spending review 2019: deal or no deal

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Crawford, Rowena; Johnson, Paul; Zaranko, Ben
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
2 September 2019
IFS Briefing Note; BN254
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This briefing note sets out IFS analysis in advance of the spending review.

With pledges on schools, further education, the NHS, defence and overseas aid, day-to-day spending on these public services is already set to be at least £9 billion higher next year than this year. The Chancellor will need to find a way to fund an extra £5 billion of spending next year, relative to plans published at the Spring Statement, just to avoid cuts to other public services. Increasing spending on other priority areas would require even greater funding.

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