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Social care: this spending round offered just another sticking plaster

Governments cannot duck the hard choices for much longer

By Jennifer Dixon and Hugh Alderwick  

Has he offered enough? House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images

With prorogation, Brexit bills, and the spectre of an early election to keep parliament busy, this week’s spending round—which set government departments’ budgets for 2020/21—may feel like a distant memory to those brave enough to still be following British politics. But the chancellor’s statement is worth examining to identify prioritiesfor any government seeking to improve policy.

Overall, the spending round halted cuts in public services—but isn’t enough to undo the effects of a decade of austerity. Real spending growth will be 4.1 per cent in…

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