British Chambers of Commerce wants end to NHS ringfencing

City A.M. Reporter
THE BRITISH Chambers of Commerce is expected to call for an end to the ringfencing of Whitehall budgets when it makes it submission to the government’s spending review later this week.

The business group has become exasperated at the decision to protect all spending on healthcare and overseas aid, meaning cuts disproportionately hit other departments and reduce the amount available for infrastructure investment.

It also backs calls for the means testing of some universal benefits, such as the winter fuel allowance. This plan has Labour and Lib Dem support but has been blocked by the Tories.

Osborne will unveil full details of the spending review on 26 June.

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