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#SpendingReview 2015 – the Touchstone blog round up

George Osborne carries the 2015 Spending Review as he leaves the Treasury. Photo: Tim Ireland / PA Images

25 Nov 2015, by in Politics

George Osborne’s first Spending Review of the new parliament has hit the headlines for his spectacular U-turn over drastic cuts to tax credits. It avoids the hardship it would have inflicted on millions of low-paid families, though as Richard Exell points out, the cuts to Universal Credit are still there and will hit more people…

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Has the #SpendingReview fully funded the NHS?

Matt Dykes

25 Nov 2015, by in Public services

There are two competing but related health service ‘narratives’ being promoted in the immediate aftermath of the spending review. The first is that George Osborne has listened and delivered the “biggest ever commitment to the NHS since its creation”. The second is that Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, has played a blinder running rings…

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The #SpendingReview arithmetic made simple

Geoff Tily

25 Nov 2015, by in Cuts Watch

The Chancellor’s rabbits from the hat were mainly permitted by changes to the economic forecast. In general these were more eye-catching than material, excepting his U-turn on welfare. The OBR continue to stress the severity of the cuts. It is worth looking at how the arithmetic works out – it’s not difficult. In spite of…

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Pensions round-up in #SpendingReview 2015

Janet Williamson

25 Nov 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

In contrast to recent budget speeches, which have included significant changes to pensions policy, the pensions announcements in this spending review do not herald any major new policy developments. However, the government has moved forwards on its plans to introduce pooling in investments for local government pension schemes. In addition, the consultation launched in the…

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Trade unions campaign to eliminate violence against women

Tanya Warlock

25 Nov 2015, by in International

Today (25 November) is the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the #16DaysofActivism (to 10 December’s Human Rights Day) of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women around the world have experienced some form of violence against them. This…

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Chancellor devastates carbon capture industry with £1 billion funding cut #SpendingReview

Philip Pearson

25 Nov 2015, by in Environment

Without informing Parliament today, the Chancellor broke has cut the entire £1 billion funding for the UK’s Carbon Capture and Storage programme, leaving the power and industrial sectors in a state of shock. CCS was a Tory Manifesto commitment: “We will protect our planet for our children…committing £1 billion for carbon capture and storage.” The…

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