Click on these links to jump to spending area:Education; Police and the Home Office; Benefits; Social care; Social Housing; Treasury; Whitehall; Local government; Defence and intelligence; Higher education; Business, innovation and skills; Science; Environment; Energy and climate change; Foreign Office; Department for International Development; Transport; Culture, Media and Sport; The arts; Sport; Media; Scotland and Wales;Northern Ireland. Health NHS spending will increase by 0.4% annually in real terms over the next four years, seeing its budget grow from £103.8bn to £114.4bn by the end of 2015. This will be swallowed up by a £1bn social care fund and another £200m for a new cancer drugs fund. There will also be more money for “talking therapies”, for which charities have long campaigned. The extra cash means health research spending will be protected. The health service is a key employer with more than 1m staff. The real test for the NHS will be whether pay shoots up in the coming years. As John Appleby of the King’s Fund has noted, “the pressure to pay more in real terms will be immense; by 2012-13 GPs will have had their pay frozen for four years, consultants for three and everyone else for two years.”Randeep… Read full this story
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