Public service cuts could be less drastic if Osborne had the will

IPPR proposes more generous spending review

A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims George Osborne can be more generous in November’s spending review and still achieve a budget surplus by 2020. The research shows that reducing the planned budget surplus from £10bn to £7bn and introducing a range of tax increases mean the Chancellor could limit cuts to vital public services to 26%, rather than the 25%-40% range he’s asked non-protected departments to model for.

Financial Times, Page: 2

Chances of this happening? ….