Public services out in the cold

By Michael Burton | 27 November 2023

It was too much in an election year to expect chancellor Jeremy Hunt to allocate his fiscal windfall to plugging gaps in public services and he did not disappoint.

In last week’s Autumn Statement (AS) the windfall – from better than expected tax revenues, a result of inflation – went to voter-pleasing cuts in National Insurance and rises in state pensions and benefits.

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