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Spending review: the state isn’t getting smaller—it’s doing more

George Osborne has given little sense of where he wants spending cuts to fall, but what we do know is surprising

By Emran Mian  

After the general election, the Queen’s speech and the Summer Budget, ministers may have been looking forward to the end of the parliamentary term. Then, on the very last day before recess, the Chancellor set them work for the holidays: the spending review. The Treasury expects to see proposals from every non-protected department to cut costs by between 25 per…

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