Sajid Javid has proclaimed the “end of austerity” with a new spending round that protects every government department, with an additional £2bn to spend on Brexit planning.
The chancellor said he would “turn the page on austerity”, tipping the country to move from “a decade of recovery to a decade of renewal”.
Javid told the Commons there will be a “real increase” in public spending of £13.8bn for next year.
“Thanks to the hard work of the British people we can now afford to turn the page on austerity and move forwards from a decade of recovery to a decade of renewal,” Javid said.
“Our careful management of the public finances means that we can now afford to spend more on public services.”
He added: “I have always believed in living within our means and unlike the party opposite I won’t squander the hard work of the last nine years.
“We are still meeting fiscal rules.”
Javid vowed he would boost the Home Office budget by 6.3 per cent while he pledged an extra £6.2bn to the NHS.
School funding will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23 while Javid promised an extra 2,000 police officers across the UK come March 2020.
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