How would you cut departments' day-to-day spending ?

The Chancellor is aiming to cut £16 billion from departments' non-investment budgets by 2019-20. How would you allocate spending cuts between departments ?

Move the sliders below to change the budget for each department. The graph will tell you how your plans stack up against what the Chancellor is aiming for.

Health

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £112 billion.
The Chancellor has pledged to spend an additional £8bn on the NHS by 2020-21, which could imply he is planning for an additional £6.4bn day-to-day spending by 2019-20.

Schools

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Resource spending in 2015-16 is £40 billion.
The Chancellor has pledged to protect cash spending per pupil over the next parliament, which on current forecasts would require a maximum cut in schools’ resource spending of £0.3 billion by 2019-20.

Other education

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £14 billion.
This includes spending on under 5s and 16-19 education.

Defence

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £28 billion.
The government has pledged to increase the MoD budget by 0.5% per year in real terms, which would require £0.6bn extra spending by 2019-20.

Business, innovation and skills

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £13 billion.
This includes spending on science and research, further education, higher education, and other business related functions.

Local government

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £11 billion.
This is the central government grants to local authorities, for the provision of local public services such as social care, refuse collection and leisure services. Note that local authorities also retain a proportion of business rates and raise revenue from council tax.

Home office

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £10 billion.
This includes spending on the police and immigration services. Note that the police also raise revenue from a council tax precept.

International aid

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £9 billion.
The government has pledged to continue spending 0.7% of national income on aid each year, which could require an increase in spending of around £0.9 billion by 2019-20.

Justice

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £6 billion.
This includes spending on courts, prisons and probation services.

Transport

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Resource budget in 2015-16 is £2 billion.
The Department for Transport is very capital intensive. DfT supports the transport network and plans and invests in transport infrastructure.

Other

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The resource budgets of other smaller departments total £22 billion in 2015-16.
This includes spending by the Department for Work and Pensions (£6bn), the Chancellors’ departments (£4bn), the Cabinet Office (£2bn), the Communities budget of DCLG (£2bn), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (£2), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (£2bn), the Department for Energy and Climate Change (£1bn), and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (£1bn).

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The grants to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are calculated according to the Barnett formula, given your decisions on how to allocate spending to other departments. Based on your decisions so far the budgets of the devolved administrations would be billion (%).

If you are happy with your choices, click here to see a graph summarising the changes in departments budgets implied by your plans.

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