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Reducing the Government deficit

24 May 2010

The Government has said its most urgent priority is to tackle the UK's record deficit in order to restore confidence in our economy and support the recovery.

On May 24 the Chancellor, George Osborne and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws announced the first step in tackling the deficit, setting out details of how the Government will save over £6billion from spending during this financial year. These savings have been found by cutting waste and low value programmes across Government.

The savings will be delivered fairly, and will not affect the quality of key frontline services. Savings in health, defence and international aid will be reinvested in front line services on those departments, and spending on schools, Sure Start and education for 16-19 year-olds will be protected. 

In line with the coalition Government agreement, the majority of the £6.2billion savings will be used to reduce the deficit.  £500million will be reinvested in targeted support for further education, apprenticeships and social housing.

Full details can be found in the Chancellor's speech and Press Notice below.

In the Budget on 22 June, the Chancellor will set out a comprehensive plan to eliminate the bulk of the UK's deficit over the course of this Parliament. The Treasury will also undertake a Spending Review, reporting in the autumn following consultation with all tiers of Government and the private sector.

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