Treasury calls for 10% cuts

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has sent a letter to government departments demanding a 10% cut in spending 2015/16. The demand does not apply to protected spending such as on schools and healthcare.

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Home Office facing biggest savings

by - Deputy Political Editor

It seems the Home Office might have to find the greatest savings of all government departments.

Other big spending departments like the MoD have been partially protected.

But Theresa May's department, despite her public protestations that she could take no more, might have to save £700-800 million in 2015/16.

The Home Secretary was also linked to a campaign to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister.

The cuts demanded from all departments other than schools, hospitals and overseas aid is 10%.

For most, it is a bigger annual cut than the ones they have experienced in the current spending round - set out in 2010 shortly after the coalition was formed.

Labour: 'Osborne failing to deliver economic growth'

David Cameron and George Osborne never wanted or expected this spending review to happen.

They said their plan would balance the books by the next election, but their failure to deliver economic growth means there is now set to be a deficit of over £90 billion in 2015/16. That’s the reason why the Treasury is now looking for even more spending cuts and tax rises.

Yet instead of asking what’s gone wrong and what needs to be done to get the economy growing strongly, the Chancellor decided in the Budget to stick with the same old failing policies and a tax cut for millionaires.

– Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister


Budget cuts could impact jobs

by - Deputy Political Editor

In some respects this letter is not new because the Chancellor gave us the gloomy figures in last week's Budget. We know that he needs to save £11.5 billion in the next spending review- that is the period of 2015/16, in other word the year that starts just before the next general election.

Chancellor George Osborne delivering his budget to the House of Commons
Chancellor George Osborne delivering his budget to the House of Commons Credit: PA Wire

Today Danny Alexander has written to all of his Cabinet colleagues telling them how this figure shakes down for them and it equates to a 10% cut in resource budgets, that does include overheads and it does include jobs.

MoD facing cuts of 5%

by - Deputy Political Editor

The Ministry of Defence has been given special dispensation from the 10% cuts proposed by the Treasury, although they will have to fund a 5% cut in their resource budget in 2015/16 although that still means staff and overheads.

Read: Treasury letter calls for 10% cut to government departments

Danny Alexander has met all the Cabinet Secretaries in the last few days - but the letter formally setting out the governments position was only sent this afternoon.


Treasury letter calls for 10% cut to government departments

by - Deputy Political Editor

News coming in of a letter from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to government departments, demanding 10% cut in 2015/16 for those not protected.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

That is a big hit for departments in 2015/16. Outside schools/hospitals/overseas aid the Treasury is asking for 10% savings from resource (day-to-day) spending.