Cuts Watch #16: Departmental update
Some further information has emerged on how departmental spending budgets will be cut.
DCMS have announced that their £61 million of cuts will include taking £27 million from the Olympic budget, a cut of £5 million for the Arts Council and the less specific committments to cut 3 per cent from all ‘bodies in the DCMS sector” and a 3 per cent cut to the Department’s core budget.
The Home Office has published no further details of its £367 million of cuts, but The Times is reporting that police forces will be hit hard, losing £135 million from their annual budget. The Serious Organised Crime Agency will reportedly also lose £10 million.
Apart from heavy hints about cutting legal aid, the Ministry of Justice has provided no further details on its £325 million of cuts. Similarly, although we know that the Future Jobs Fund is not accepting any new bids, details of the rest of DWP’s £535 million of cuts have not emerged. There have been suggestions that they could be found by cutting 16,000 temporary staff recruited by Jobcentres to support the recession reponse.
Defra’s website does contain some more information, but little detail on exactly where the £162m will be cut from.