The cabinet’s winners and losers

Which ministers managed to defend their departmental budgets? James Waterson goes through the figures

Spending Review 2013: How the biggest departments fared


Education: Schools budget remains ringfenced but Michael Gove will have to find ways of cutting the cost of opening new academies.

Health: A nominal increase to the budget but forced to absorb £2bn of spending on social care that was previously provided by councils.

Transport: Made to reduce day-to-day running costs but rewarded with a large investment in capital projects.

Communities: Eric Pickles settled early with the Treasury. His enthusiasm was rewarded with a hefty 10 per cent cut.

Local government: The Treasury claims heavy reductions in the block grant paid to councils will be offset by other payments to cut overall spending by just 2.3 per cent.

Business: Vince Cable held out until this Sunday to do a deal. As a result he successfully defended investment in scientific research.

Home Office: Heavy cuts although the police budget will not be reduced by the same amount.

Justice: Osborne has called for an overhaul of the legal system to deliver swifter, cheaper justice. This settlement will require that.

Defence: A massive victory for Philip Hammond’s department, which escaped largely unscathed. There will be civilian job losses but no reduction in military capability.

Foreign: William Hague will have to cut back on the Ferrero Rocher as he attempts to run a growing network of embassies with far less money.

International development: It will absorb some spending on asylum cases but its budget will increase as the coalition sticks to its promise to fix aid at 0.7 per cent of GDP.

Environment: The largest cuts in Whitehall mean Defra will struggle to maintain its efforts on flood defences and pollution.

Culture, media, sport: Did better than expected within the art world, meaning many cultural organisations will survive.

Energy: Cuts are likely to impact green businesses because much of the department’s spending is locked into nuclear waste.

Work and pensions: The department mainly controls welfare spending that exists outside Whitehall budgets. That is largely untouched.