Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons yesterday (20 October), Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said:
“There is some very positive news in this review. There is more money for the NHS, schools and care for the elderly. There will be more apprenticeships and an extension of free early years education for disadvantaged children. The State pension will increase every year and key benefits such as the Winter Fuel Allowance, free prescriptions and free TV licences for pensioners have been protected. I also strongly welcome the fact that Crossrail will go ahead fully funded.
“Tough decisions have been made about spending and welfare reform in order to address the massive budget deficit left by the Labour government. Overall, I believe that this review is fair and starts to put our public services and welfare state on a sustainable footing.”
More information can be found on the Treasury website here: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/spend_index.htm.