Foreign and Commonwealth Office
William Hague, Foreign Secretary
Plan to make to cut the money the Foreign Office contributes to the World Service. It will now provide an extra £2.2 million of funding to shore up the corporation's Arabic Service after widespread criticism.
Cost: £2.2 million
U-Turn: Keeping universal child benefit. He announced at the Tory party conference in October that would be ended for top rate tax payers.
Cost: Saving £1 billion
Ministry of Justice
U-Turns: Mandatory jail terms for people caught carrying a knife; 50 per cent reductions in sentences for people pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity; Anonymity for rape suspects.
Cost: Unknown at this stage
U-Turn: Proposal to allow police to use water cannon in riots; may yet be forced to back down on introducing directly elected police commissioners.
Cost of U-Turn: None
Ministry of Defence
U-Turn: Backed down on his refusal to put the military covenant (which would enshrine rights to healthcare, housing and education) on a legal footing.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
U-Turn: Pledge to introduce a graduate tax instead of increasing tuition fees; Educational Maintenance Grants of £30 a week to poorer sixth-formers was due to be scrapped without replacement but a cheaper bursary scheme was announced after an outcry
Cost: Increases in revenue from tuition fees but £180 million for bursaries.
Department for Work and Pensions
Iain Duncan Smith
U-Turn: Scrapped plans to cut Housing benefit by 10 per cent from people on Job-seeker's allowance after a year; Due to water down plans to increase the age at which women can claim the basic state pension to 65.
Cost: Unknown at this stage
Department of Energy and Climate Change
U-Turn: None as a minister but backed plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations despite long-standing opposition to nuclear power.
Department of Health
U-Turn: Wholesale changes to NHS reforms including plans to give GPs total power over commissioning; promoting competition in the NHS; and allowing any private company to provide NHS services
Department for Education
U-Turn: Plan to scrap free school milk at nurseries for the under-fives; Scrapping the School Sports Partnerships; The end of the Bookstart scheme giving free books for children.
Cost: Over £100 million
Department for Communities and Local Government
U-Turn: Pledge to force councils to carry out weekly bin collections; plan to create ‘shadow Mayors’ for large cities.
Cost: Saving of £500 million over four years
Department for Transport
U-Turn: Plan to cut the number of coastguard stations around Britain from 18 to eight.
Cost: £40 million
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
U-Turn: Plans to sell off 258,000 hectares of Forestry Commission land to the private sector.
Cost: £250 million
Department for International Development
U-Turn: Plans to stop £280 million a year of aid to India after claiming that the country could be considered too wealthy to receive aid.
Cost: None as the DFID budget in being increased.
U-Turn: None so far but watch for the Government’s much anticipated White Paper on public services.
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