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31.05.13

‘Flexible’ approach to spending review

The upcoming Spending Review will shift funding to projects that do the most to support economic growth, chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced.

Speaking to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, he said the review will “show flexibility” but will stick to the overall plan of curbing total spending, and reduce the deficit through £11.5bn of cuts for 2015/16.

All new cuts will come from Whitehall departments’ budgets, not from welfare, he reiterated.

Alexander said: “We will stick to the path we are on. And we will continue to show flexibility wherever it is needed, and to shift resources wherever we can to support economic growth.”

He added: “There are some signs of momentum starting to return to our economy. 

“Last year we became a net exporter of cars for the first time since 1975. And British exports of goods to emerging economies have increased since 2010.”

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