David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has said that the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announced by the Chancellor in the House of Commons this afternoon “will help Britain move from rescue to recovery.”
The CSR outlines the Government’s plans for future public spending. In this review period, the NHS and schools will be protected, local authorities will receive further support to freeze Council Tax, a new cap on welfare spending will be introduced and there will be investment in important infrastructure projects. In order to reduce the annual budget deficit further, cuts will be made in other departments.
Mr Evennett said “This Government is continuing to take the tough decisions to fix the mess caused by thirteen years of Labour’s economic and financial mismanagement. We have made substantial progress by cutting the annual deficit by a third, but there is still some way to go. The investment in schools, hospitals and infrastructure is welcome. The new welfare controls, which will see costs capped, more rigorous attendance conditions and a requirement that claimants must learn English are also very important. I believe that this announcement will help Britain move from rescue to recovery.”