Spending Review: 8 things you need to know

Chancellor Sajid Javid has pledged an extra £430m for DEFRA, cuts to red tape and an “infrastructure revolution” in his single-year spending round statement this afternoon. Here’s what you need to know.

1 Day to day spending will increase across government by £13.8bn in 2020/21

No department will be subject to cuts for the first time since 2002, in what Javid called the “fastest spending review in history”. Every department will see their budgets increased, “at least in line with inflation”, he said. 

2 DEFRA will receive an extra £432m 

Javid said the environment department would receive a funding boost to fulfil the Conservative Party’s manifesto promise to leave the natural environment in a better state that it inherited it. This includes an additional £20m towards DEFRA’s replacement for the Common Agriculture Policy. 

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