Public spending still lower than pre-recession, says IFS

By Heather Jameson | 07 November 2019

Planned hikes in public spending would still leave spending in 2020-21 3% lower than it was in 2010-11, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Writing in a blog, IFS director Paul Johnson and deputy director Carl Emmerson said plans for increased spending were ‘large’ and come on top of this year’s spending increases.

But they warned the cash boost was not reflected across all public services. They wrote: ‘The Department for Health and Social Care will have seen its day-to-day spending budget rise by almost a quarter in real-terms. Spending on education has followed overall spending.

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