Shadow Treasury Minister Chris Leslie has said it is "totally chaotic" for the government to be conducting treasury negotiations in public.
Mr Leslie insisted that the upcoming spending review should get the economy moving with a "long term plan for jobs and growth".
It's totally chaotic for the government to be conducting spending negotiations in public this way, with big departments like defence and work and pensions yet to reach agreement.
And the reason why George Osborne has been forced to ask for more cuts is because his total failure on living standards and growth has led to billions more borrowing than he planned. Far from balancing the books the deficit is now set to be over £90 billion in 2015.
But the longer David Cameron and George Osborne plough on regardless, the more difficult the inheritance Labour will face in 2015. Our task will be to turn things around on growth and living standards and deal with the deficit in a fairer and more balanced way.