Many details from today’s announcement are still unclear – so far BIS is one of the only departments that has provided further detail on how spending cuts will be implemented: their committment is to achieve £836 million of cuts, which include cuts in Higher Education budgets and in training. DECC have also now posted some more information on their £85 million of cuts, which will include ‘administrative efficiencies’ and reduced regional spending, but still provide scant reference to specific programmes. The Department for Education have issued an additional press release – but it simply a re-states the £670 million cuts set out by the Treasury with no further details provided.
Departments including Communities and Local Government (£780 million, and an additional £405 million from CLG’s local government expenditure), the Home Office (£367 million), the Ministry of Justice (£325 million), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (£88 million) and the Department for Work and Pensions (£535 million) have yet to formally publish any further information.
We will report here on further details as we get them.