Government Spending Round

5th September 2019

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed a significant boost in funding for public services, as Chancellor Sajid Javid laid out the new Spending Round for government departments for 2020/21.

Following years of hard work reducing the government’s deficit over the past decade, for the first time since 2002 all departments will see an increase or maintained spending in real terms for the next year. Compared to the previous year, departments will get a £13.8 billion real term increase in day-to-day spending to deliver on the public’s priorities.

This includes funding for 20,000 extra police officers, increasing per pupil funding for schools, and ensuring patients start seeing the £33.9bn cash increase for NHS front line services. The Chancellor also announced a real terms increase of 2.6% funding for the Armed Forces.

Mr Dunne, a former Minister in both Health and Defence, welcomed the increase, saying:

“Having successfully reduced the historic deficit inherited from the previous Labour government, my constituents now understandably want the government to focus spending on public priorities – and that is exactly what the Chancellor is delivering.

More funding for the NHS, social care budgets, local authorities, education and the police shows the government is listening and reflecting the views that we often hear on the doorstep.

Once we have delivered Brexit, we can get on and focus on these domestic priorities that matter to people here in South Shropshire and across the country.”

Some highlights from the Spending Review include:

- Next year every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil, and by 2021-22 every primary school will get at least £4,000 per pupil.
- Investing £400 million in Further Education - the single biggest annual increase for the sector since 2010. Mr Dunne campaigned hard for this to help Ludlow College, which should receive a funding boost for the first time in some years.
- Spending an additional £1 billion on social care to support local authorities to meet rising demand; maintaining £2.5 billion of existing social care grants; and consulting on a 2 per cent precept to enable councils to access a further £500 million. Mr Dunne is committed to ensuring Shropshire receives its share.
- Providing an extra £750 million to begin recruitment of the 20,000 new police officers, with the first 6,000 in place by March 2021. In addition, an extra £30 million will help to tackle child sexual exploitation, alongside a protected counter-terrorism policing budget.
- Health Education England’s budget will increase to help deliver more training placements, alongside launching a three year £1,000 personal development budget for every nurse, midwife and allied health professional, and boosting wider education and training budgets to deliver the government’s long-term plan for the NHS.

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