Nick Clegg insists healthcare and aid budgets are protected

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday insisted that the healthcare, schools, and overseas aid budgets are ringfenced from cuts.

Some cabinet colleagues, including Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable, are reported to be upset that their department’s budgets are having to take painful hits while others escape intact.

But yesterday Clegg told the BBC: “I am absolutely convinced that at a difficult time like this, protecting NHS spending, protecting spending on schools, honouring our obligations to developing countries around the world [is] the right one to stick to.”

In June the government will unveil its 2015-16 spending review, detailing where departmental cuts will fall after the next election. Cuts of at least five per cent are expected in many areas, on top of existing budgets cuts.