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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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10% government cuts are 'not final decisions'

The Chief Secretary has today written to Departments to set their planning assumptions for the 2015/16 spending round. Setting planning assumptions is a normal part of the spending round process. These are planning assumptions that allow flexibility, not final decisions.

– Treasury spokesman

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