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.
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.
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