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Nasty cuts hidden in the detail

George Osborne’s first vicious cuts

Issue No. 2203

George Osborne’s first vicious cuts include:

  • £683 million to be slashed from transport—Network Rail, which runs the railways, will lose £100 million—meaning cuts to railway maintenance
  • Just as Margaret Thatcher started out by snatching milk from primary school children, Osborne has slashed £1 million from school dinners and £30 million from teacher training
  • Becta, an £80 million “quango” now scrapped, was set to give 200,000 computers to the poorest children in the country
  • £670 million cut from education
  • £320 million by scrapping the Child Trust Fund, which will no longer give £250 to every child when they are born
  • £290 million by scrapping part of the Future Jobs Fund, meaning fewer work and training places for unemployed people. This could cost up to 44,000 jobs
  • £233 million cut from the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, which develops new treatments for cancer, heart disease, stroke and other illnesses
  • £162 million in cuts to Defra (the environment department)—which includes vital services like flood defences
  • £108 million cut from Transport for London’s budget
  • £85 million from the climate change department, including low carbon technology, and £20 million from the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, which cleans up radioactive waste
  • £34 million scheme to help install solar panels and small wind turbines will also be axed
  • £34 million will be clawed back from some of the poorest people through a hike in immigration visa fees


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