Magazine article Public Finance

No Policy Area Should Be Safe from Cuts, Say LibDems

Magazine article Public Finance

No Policy Area Should Be Safe from Cuts, Say LibDems

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No areas of public spending should escape budget cuts if die country's finances are to be put back on track, according to the Liberal Democrats.

In a speech to die Demos think-tank. LibDem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable attacked Labour and Conservative proposals to 'ringfence' future spending on areas such as education and die NHS.

Accusing both parties of 'condemning other government departments to deeply damaging cuts', he said the health service - which has the biggest budget of all - should not be exempt.

Cable, who was setting out the LibDems' economic manifesto on January 25, also revealed that 'arbitrary cuts' by the government were already having an adverse effect on areas such as scientific research, affordable housing and further education. He warned that Tory proposals to protect spending in some areas would have 'horrendous implications' for policing and public transport. …

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