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Comprehensive Spending Review - 26 June 2013

Announcements included a new heritage charity, 10% cuts for Defra and more cuts for the Charity Commission.

George Osborne’s speech was split into three themes; Reform, Growth and Fairness. Reform took up the bulk of the content as it dealt with savings and reductions – otherwise known as cuts.

Continued funding of £56 million was confirmed for the Office for Civil Society to support the sector to play a bigger role in communities and public services as part of the Government’s localism drive. Some other the key points included:

  • the Charity Commission budget to be cut by a further 6% in 2015
  • local government to receive a 10% cut from central government for 2015/16, on top of 33% already in place for 2011-15
  • £3.8 billion will create a pooled budget for health and social care services
  • an additional £200 million to extend the Troubled Families programme
  • £3 billion of capital investment in affordable housing
  • investment of £80 million towards the creation of a new self-financing charity to look after the 420 historic sites in the National Heritage Collection.

Further analysis will be featured in this month's DSC e-news.