Key points in the spending review

Nick Clegg and Julie Dore montarge outside the Sheffield Town Hall
Nick Clegg and Julie Dore montarge outside the Sheffield Town Hall
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George Osborne told Ministers during his speech: “Britain is moving out of intensive care and moving from rescue to recovery.”

Here are the key points of the Chancellor’s 2015/16 spending review:

Total savings required of £11.5 billion;

A 1 per cent cap on public sector pay rises;

Automatic progression pay to stop in civil service, schools, hospitals,

prisons and the police

- but not armed forces;

Pensioners living abroad to lose winter fuel allowance under new ‘temperature test’;

Job seekers who can’t speak English will have to attend language schools or else see their benefits cut;

A 5 per cent cut to budgets for museums and arts organisations;

£3 billion to be spent on new houses;

£200m extra for troubled families initiative;

Council tax bills in England frozen for 2014-15 and 2015-16;

Army’s resource budget frozen at £24 billion - civilian posts to be cut, but no reduction in armed forces personnel;

Prison costs to be reduced by £180m and court costs by £200m;

Education budget to rise to £53 billion;

Total £50 billion investment in new infrastructure projects, due to be announced today.