What does “No Government Spending Cuts” mean?

The most striking line from Liz Truss in Prime Minister’s Questions was when she said there wouldn’t be any government spending cuts.

Chris Mason Political editor BBC

But how is that going to work if the government is also intent on not junking any more of its budget plans announced a few weeks ago?

I’ve just spent 20 minutes in what we call a “huddle” here in Parliament, where political reporters fire questions at the prime minister’s official spokesman.

There are two explanations, both of which do point to shrinking budgets.

The first is that the colossal injection of public money being spent helping families and businesses with energy bills is included, so there isn’t a cut overall but government departments still face cuts to their budgets.

The second, more likely explanation, is that the numbers in the spreadsheets won’t fall, but won’t rise as fast as inflation.

That allows the prime minister to answer the question in the way she did, but government departments will face budgets that mean the money they have doesn’t go as far as it did.

Her official spokesman wouldn’t be drawn on whether this was a plausible explanation, but didn’t deny it.

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