George Osborne appears to have taken a leaf out of Gordon Brown’s book and buried a lot of the bad news in a blizzard of detail. In many cases, the real impact of cuts is worse than it first appears. In others, things may not be so bad as first feared. We asked our specialists to highlight hidden catches as they find them. Please comment below if you have noticed others.
Osborne announced that the arts would be cut by 15%. However, the budget of Arts Council England – the figure that would usually be mentioned on these occasions – is in fact to be cut by 30%. Why the disparity? The government has written to ACE asking them to pass on cuts of only 15% to the “frontline” – which it defines as ACE’s portfolio of regularly funded organisations. In practice, though, the distinction is less than clear. Some regularly funded organisations are not really “frontline”; some organisations that are not regularly funded certainly are. Arguably, too, by attempting to ringfence how ACE spends its money, it is also infringing the “arm’s length” principle. Charlotte Higgins
The chancellor said police funding would be cut by 4% a year over the next four years. The Home Office say central government spending on police has been cut by 20%. Ministers are portraying this as only a 14% cut in average police budgets, but that assumes that police authorities will increase the police precept part of council tax to make up the difference. They say that above-inflation increase in the police precept is at a level forecast by the Office of Budget Responsibility. That, however, is only an assumption – the only fact we have today is that government funding for the police – Home Office and Department for Local Government – has been cut by 20% in real terms. Alan Travis
Behind the innocuous-sounding “alignment of rules” for disability living allowance lies a huge cut in income for thousands of disabled people who live in residential care. To save £135m a year, all those whose care fees are paid by the state will forfeit the mobility element of DLA, which is worth £18.95 or £48.95 a week. Guy Parckar, acting director of policy and campaigns at charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Many people in residential care already have their income capped at £20 a week once their care has been paid for and rely on this benefit to be more independent.” David Brindle
The Welsh public service broadcaster S4C is facing a “merger” with the BBC and cuts of 24.4% in real terms to its current £102m budget over the next four years. The lack of government consultation with S4C over the plans prompted a scathing response and an announcement of a judicial review. However it seems that S4C was facing cuts of close to 40% as late as this morning, which were watered down in last-minute lobbying and horsetrading between the BBC and Welsh MPs and DCMS – again not involving S4C at all. The DCMS didn’t mind acquiescing so much on this as the key goal was getting funding off its books to the BBC. So the view emerging is that S4C may actually, when the dust settles, be in much better shape than the kneejerk reactions indicate. Mark Sweney
Pupil funding promises slide from using figures in real (ie inflation adjusted) terms to cash terms. Bearing in mind that the number of primary school-age children is going to go up for demographic reasons, schools will need more cash to keep classroom sizes down. However, the government does not guarantee funding per pupil in real terms. Jeevan Vasagar
On the face of it, the news on so-called feed-in tariffs (a green subsidy for small-scale renewable power such as solar panels on houses) is good. Rumours of an immediate cut in the rate paid for subsidised green electricity turned out to be unfounded. However, there is more going on here. The Treasury has imposed a “cap” on the funding available and although it is not quite clear what this will mean, if you are planning on installing one of these things you should get a move on. If there is a rush of installations next year then the government may decide to pull the funding earlier than the current plan of 2013, leaving some future investors high and dry. James Randerson
- Apple Watch SE review: The best Apple Watch for most people
- Honor MagicBook 15 review: Value for money
- The Apple Watch Series 3 is 2020’s hidden smartwatch gem
- Apple Watch Series 6 review: The best, most feature-rich smartwatch you can buy
- ‘Cuties’ Review: A Coming-of-Age Movie Caught in the Culture Wars
- Casio GWF-A1000 Frogman review: A worthy dive watch
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review: Taking on Turing's Best at $499
- Furious BA and easyJet customers trying to rebook breaks cancelled by Covid using vouchers given to them by the airline blast 'complicated rules and hidden charges'
- FMIA Week 5: Rescheduled Games, Fired Coaches and Pain in Dallas—A Look Back at the NFL’s Newsy Sunday
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time review - a flawed gem
- Beat back pain with the best standing desk deals for November 2020
- Meet The People Who Spend Their Free Time Trying To Fix Facebook
- The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Smart or senseless for Biden to spend time in Georgia, Iowa?
- Stomach pain was ruining her life - then a scan provided a life-changing clue
- 'I was howling in pain': how falling five storeys from a New York rooftop changed my life
- Tesco, Sainsbury's and Lidl chickens die deformed in 'chronic pain'
- The Roads Not Taken review – painful chapters in writer's life
- Trump said to consider spending his own money on race
- iOS and iPadOS 14 review: iPhone transformation, iPad iteration
- iPhone 12 review: Apple's best since the iPhone X
Spending review's hidden pain (and gain) have 995 words, post on www.theguardian.com at October 20, 2010. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.