At-a-glance guide to spending review

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Comprehensive Spending Review announcements at a glance:

Comprehensive Spending Review announcements at a glance:

  • Public spending by Government departments to rise by £61 billion, from £240 billion this year to £301 billion by 2005–6, an annual increase in investment of 2.5% above inflation.
  • Increased funding to be "tied" to reform and performance, with the publication of new public service agreements for all departments.
  • National debt at 30.4% last year. Debt repayments next year to be the lowest since the First World War.
  • Education budget to rise by 6% per year for the next three years, from £45 billion to £58 billion.
  • Each "typical" secondary school to receive £165,000 direct payment next April and £180,000 the following two years. Primary schools to get £50,000 each year until 2005–6. Additional payments of £125,000 a year to 1,400 selected secondary schools.
  • Educational maintenance allowances worth up to £1,500 a year for pupils staying on after 16 from September 2004.
  • Transport budget to rise from £7.7 billion to £11.6 billion by 2005–6. Alistair Darling to consult on increased airport capacity.
  • Home Office spending to increase to £13.5 billion to pay for 130,000 police officers, reform of asylum system, strengthening internal security.
  • Defence budget to rise from £29.3 billion to £32.8 billion by 2005–6.
  • UK aid for international development to rise from £3.3 billion to £4.9 billion.
  • Real–terms increase of 105% in the housing budget, compared with 1997, with investment in low–cost housing in London and the South East.
  • New integrated budget for child care and early–years learning, with a value of £1.5 billion by 2005–6.
  • Councils to receive a real–terms annual increase of 4.2%.
  • New inspection bodies to be created for health and social care, along with a reformed inspection regime for criminal justice and single housing inspectorate.
  • Failing schools, colleges, local authorities and prisons to be dealt with "quickly and decisively" and could be taken over.
  • Core recommendations of the Curry Report into sustainable farming to be implemented.
  • A three–year fund of £125 million for voluntary groups.

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