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member for harlow and my honourable friend for their representations and further education. the government will also increase early year spending by £66 million to increase the hourly rate that has been paid to maintain nursery schools and other childcare providers who deliver on the government's free child care offer. i want to thank my right honourable friend the member for chipping barnet for raising the issue with me. our young people deserve high quality services and support, even after the school day is over. earlier this year, following a recommendation from my right honourable friend, the member for chingford, i visited the fantastic on—site youth zone in barking. it was a brilliant example of how much britain's network of youth centres add to their local communities. getting young people off the streets and changing lives for the better. so today i am asking
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dc ms to develop proposals for a new youth investment fund. and to set out plans to build more youth centres, refurbish existing centres and deliver high quality services for young people across the country. better schools, higher pay for teachers, more youth centres, that is how this government will improve social justice and is how this government will improve socialjustice and create opportunity for all. but our ambitions for a truly national renewal don't stop there. we are a one—nation party and this is a one—nation party and this is a one—nation government. so... mr speaker... so, at the heart of our new economic plan is the need to level up across this country. every region and nation in the united kingdom will benefit from new
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funding that i am providing today to the police, schools, health, social ca re the police, schools, health, social care and much more. today, we confirm funding of £3.6 billion for the new towns fund, providing a wave of investment to our regions and a better transport network across the country will be a crucial part across the nation. we have already allocated a total of £13 billion for better transport across the north. we will fund a manchester to leeds route of the northern powerhouse rail, and we will set out for more details of our new infrastructure strategy in the autumn. mr speaker, you may not know this but my dad was a bus driver. having watched him work, i know that local buses can be a lifeline for many communities. so, today, we put the wheels back on the great british bus, with more than £200 million to transport bus
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services across the country. we are funding ultralow emission buses and we will trial new on demand services to respond to passenger needs in real—time. we will set out more details of our new buses in due course, once my right honourable friend the prime minister has finished painting models of them. mr speaker, our new economic plan won't stop at the borders of england. it will be a plan for all nations of the united kingdom. in scotland, decisions taken in today's spending round will provide over £1.2 billion of extra funding. and we are taking a further step today... mr speaker, we are taking a further step today to support scottish farmers. in 2013, when the uk government allocated the common agricultural policy funding within the uk, scottish farmers lost out. today, we
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correct that decision, making available an extra £160 million for scottish farmers, something that i know that my honourable friends on these benches from scotland will be pleased to hear. i would also like to ta ke pleased to hear. i would also like to take the opportunity, mr speaker, to take the opportunity, mr speaker, to thank my friend ruth davidson for everything she's done for that great nation. in wales, today's spending round means an extra £600 million of funding for the welsh government. and in northern ireland, we are providing an extra £400 million from today's announcements. i welcome the case that has been made by the dup for improved hospice care, for support for those that have been tragically wrong with in the contaminated blood scandal and those are rightly devolved matters but i
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sincerely hope that the northern ireland administration will use some of the new funding that we are providing today to address those issues. taken together, today's announcements give the devolved administrations the biggest spending settle m e nt administrations the biggest spending settlement for a decade. mr speaker, throughout our history, britain has a lwa ys throughout our history, britain has always been at its best when we are open, global and outward —looking, trading with the world beyond our shores has always been key to britain's economic prosperity. and as we seize the opportunities of brexit, we can establish new partnerships and trade relationships across the globe. for too long, we've let there was trading relationships with. and as my right honourable friend the trade secretary would be the first to acknowledge, this is a disgrace. so, today, we invest in securing britain's influence in the world, we support diplomacy, with £90 million
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of funding support diplomacy, with £90 million offunding and support diplomacy, with £90 million of funding and 1000 new diplomats and overseas staff and 14 new, upgraded diplomatic posts. we will post trade with £60 million to extend the campaign for next year. and if you are in any doubt about britain's important role on the world stage, just look at the bonanza of international festivals and events that i am funding today. in december, we will welcome the nato leaders meeting. next year, we will host the 26 discussions, if our bid is successful, thanks to the leadership of my right honourable friend the member for devizes. leadership of my right honourable friend the memberfor devizes. in 2021 we will host the g7 and in 2022 we will host the commonwealth games in birmingham. today, i can confirm that the government's total commitment to this celebration of sport will be over half £1 billion. the games will be a huge boost for the west midlands and i would like to congratulate andy street for the
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leadership he has shown in that region. one of my personal highlights of the summer was meeting the england cricket team in the downing street garden is. that world cup winning side showed us the importance not just of cup winning side showed us the importance notjust of talent cup winning side showed us the importance not just of talent and ha rd importance not just of talent and hard work but of diversity, too. skipperfrom ireland, hard work but of diversity, too. skipper from ireland, a hard work but of diversity, too. skipperfrom ireland, a bowlerfrom barbados and an all—rounder from new zealand. as with our cricket team, so with our country, we are the most successful multi—ethnic democracy in the world. and i am proud to live in a country where someone with my background can be chancellor of the exchequer. this spending round embraces modern britain in all its diversity. and we make available today an additional £10 million to continue the integration areas programmed that i first announced in 2018 as community secretary. that fund will continue to support thousands of the estimated 1 million adults in the uk who do not speak english well or at all. openness to
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talent from around the world matters for our economy, ones we've left the eu, we will be able to create a point —based immigration system that meets the needs of the uk economy and the british people. we've already dropped arbitrary immigration targets. we've recently announced a new, highly flexible, fast track visa for scientists, and today, i'm putting funding in place today, i'm putting funding in place to give victims of the windrush scandal the compensation that they deserve. all part of confirming once and for all that britain will always be open to the world's brightest and best talent. mr speaker, nowhere are our values of openness and tolerance better expressed than in international aid. the uk aid logo can be seen around the world, on health clinics, schoolbooks, emergency food supplies, and so today, we protect our commitment to
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spending zero. 7% of our national income on aid. global britain is about projecting our values into the world. but we know that hard power matters, too. britain already spends more on our defence and national security than any other country in europe. we are one of only seven countries to meet the 2% commitment to nato. so, today, we will go further still, with an additional £2.2 billion of funding for the mod, a real terms increase of 6% for the budget next year, increasing again the share of our national income we spent on defence and national security. this year is the 75th anniversary of the d—day landings. we paid to the sacrifices of the extraordinary generation of british soldiers who fought and died during that campaign. and today, i can announce £7 million of funding for
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the normandy memorial trust, to com plete the normandy memorial trust, to complete their memorial overlooking the beach where so many troops came ashore. and we will also support the vetera ns ashore. and we will also support the veterans of today's wars as well, as we confirm the funding today for the new office of veterans affairs. i congratulate my honourable and gallant friend the member for plymouth moor view on his tireless work in championing veterans. mr speaker, i have set out today a big increase in public spending that will pay for more police and safer prisons, more nurses and better hospitals, more money for schools and further education. but i now turn to the remaining departments across whitehall, those that have not been protected over the last decade. investing in the people's priorities inevitably means difficult decisions elsewhere. every spending review presented to this house over the last 15 years has had
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to find cuts from those departments. this party has never shied away from taking the difficult decisions to make sure that we live within our means. those decisions were tough, but they have paid off, and so, i can announce today that no department will be cut next year. every single government department has had its budget for day—to—day spending increased at least in line with inflation. that is what i mean by the end of austerity, mr speaker, britain's hard work paying off a, a country living within its means, able to spend more on the things that matter. mr speaker, i am delivering today's spending round in unusual circumstances. understandably, much of our attention and the attention of the
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country is focused on the important matters before the house later today. but we must not forget that brexit is not all that matters to the british people. it is not the only topic at the dinner table. today's spending round makes sure that if you fall ill, you can get the care and the support that you need, that when you drop off your child at the school gates, you can trust that they will get the best possible education, that when you walk down the street, you can feel safe and, and today, we moved from a decade of recovery to a decade of renewal. yes, we will keep control of the public finances, but we will invest, too, in the long term growth of this country. it was just six weeks ago today that this new administration took office. the pm promised that we wouldn't wait until brexit day to deliver on the people's priorities. and today, we meet that promise. with a new
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chapter for meet that promise. with a new chapterfor our meet that promise. with a new chapter for our public services, a new plan for our economy and a new beginning for this country, i commend this statement to the house. john mcdonnell! commend this statement to the house. john mcdonnell! mr speaker, can i welcome the chancellor to his new job, although after that, welcome the chancellor to his new job, although afterthat, i'm beginning to miss the old one. i believe that the chancellor may be the first person to hold that role whose father, like my own, was a bus driver. so, mr speaker, iwould like to welcome him to his newjob, i also hope what they say is true, that you wait ages for one song of a bus driver to become chancellor of the exchequer, only to be followed soon after by another. mr speaker,,
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i'm afraid, that's probably the end of what the chancellor and i have in common. let me thank the chancellor for abiding by the convention of providing me with a copy of his statement. it was a compendium of meaningless platitudes. so, could i ask him... so, could i ask him to ta ke ask him... so, could i ask him to take a message back to the person who obviously drafted the statement, so, if he could tell mr cummings... the man who cancels the chancellor's own speeches, sacks his staff without telling him, and then has them... mrspeaker, i
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without telling him, and then has them... mr speaker, i believe the honourable member for oxbridge is shouting at me. last time he was shouting at me. last time he was shouting at me. last time he was shouting at someone, they had to call the police. so, shouting at someone, they had to callthe police. so, i don't think we need to go as far as that. and mrcummings, who and mr cummings, who had a member of staff escorted, you might need to call the police... order. karma must descend on the chamber. people should try to operate at the level of events and at the level of their important responsibilities as numbers of the house. thank you, mr speaker. the member of staff was escorted off the present —— premises by an armed police officer. may i say, this is no way to treat a memberof say, this is no way to treat a member of staff. can i ask him to tell mr member of staff. can i ask him to telercummings on the member of staff. can i ask him to tell mr cummings on the spending review, do not insult the
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intelligence of the british people. the people will see today's statement as the grubby electioneering that it is. this is not a spending review as we know it. this is straight out of the lynton crosby handbook of opinion poll politics. what are the top three or four issues in the polls? they have cynicallyjudged how little money they have to throw around to try and neutralise those issues and the concerns of people. so to come here and to try and fool us with references to people's priorities is beyond irony. when did this extremist right wing tory group ever put the people first? ever. where they putting the people first when they putting the people first when they froze child benefit year after year? or introducing universal credit, a brutal regime, the result
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this summer according to the childhood trust was children scavenging for food in bins. because they didn't have free school meals in the summer holidays. where they putting people first when they cut council budgets and prevented 1 million elderly and disabled people getting the social care they needed? but they putting people first when they cut social services budgets, so much that we now have record numbers of children coming into care and 155 women a day turned away from refuges. we are expected to believe that these tories, who for years have voted for harsh, brutal austerity have had some form of damascus style commercial —— conversion. they treat our people with contempt. announcements have been dripped out in the last week or so, all designed to give the impression of a spending spree.
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announcements dictated by number ten, meekly accepted by chancellor too weak to conduct a full multi—year spending review, as he should. even before the government's majority disappeared yesterday. we have seen the so—called headroom which the chancellor's predecessor was needed to prepare for a no—deal brexit. that was spent instead on preparing for a general election. we all know that the chancellor may not be in hisjob very all know that the chancellor may not be in his job very well and all know that the chancellor may not be in hisjob very well and that might create a rush of spending for march rather than wait for the office for budget responsibility to tell him officially what the rest of us tell him officially what the rest of us have known for some time, that the economy after nine years of tory austerity is in bad shape and, yes, getting worse, stagnating. a full fiscal event would have meant new
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economic forecasts, the need for a fiscal framework to give department security over the budget after years of cuts. instead, we get this sham of cuts. instead, we get this sham ofa spending of cuts. instead, we get this sham of a spending review and they are claiming to be against austerity after years of voting for it. he claims to be using headroom that he knows has largely disappeared, and yet they are still failing to deliver a real end to austerity. let's take a look at some of the announcements that the chancellor has confirmed today. for schools, the chancellor has announced new spending of £1.8 billion next year. the institute for fiscal studies has previously estimated that would cost {3.8 previously estimated that would cost £3.8 billion this year alone to reverse the cuts made. was the chancellor away when drawing up his spending plans on the department for
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education budget as a whole has been slashed by almost £10 billion in real terms since 2010. so the reality is this, that heads will still be sending out begging letters and teachers will still be buying basic materials for their classes. and do you know, they have some front to mention childcare. after the hundreds of sure start centres closed under their watch, undermining the start in life for our children. they mentioned that £700 million was announced for children with special needs and disabilities. does the chancellor know that the local government association have found that councils already face a funding shortfall of £1.2 billion by 2021. so the reality is that these children will still be left vulnerable and in need and
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their injeopardy. that is what it means today. and on further education, further education coueges education, further education colleges are getting a one—off £400 million amount. does the chancellor really think they should be grateful? grateful for that, when he has cut 3.3 billion off them since 2010, and the reality is that the economy will still continue to be desperately needed in the skills and training that the economy requires and our young people will still be denied it as a result. on the nhs, the nhs an out of £1.8 billion has already been exposed as largely a re—announcement of existing money. and there is no mention of the £6
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billion backlog in maintenance that we need in hospitals. still hospitals using buckets to catch water coming from leaking roofs and operating theatres closed because of a lack of maintenance in the last nine years of austerity. and they mentioned gp waiting times. any announcement on gp waiting times is likely to turn out to be totally undeliverable. why? because we have just lost 600 full—time equivalents of gps over the last year. they are just not there because of nine years of lack of investment. and in local government, any new money for local government, any new money for local government today will be a drop in the ocean compared to what? that 60% of the funding cuts which councils have lost in recent years. what effect does the chancellor estimate his announcement will have to date on, for example, the crisis in children's services that we have highlighted at every spending review
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and budget in the last two years. there has been a 29% drop in government funding in eight years and vulnerable children, as a result, are left at risk. on homelessness, he has mentioned just now £54 million of additional spending to tackle homelessness. there's been a 160% increase of people sleeping rough. we have had people sleeping rough. we have had people dying near the doors of parliament in the last two years. local government associations say at the moment that just to get local government associations say at the moment thatjust to get bike there is a £100 million spending 95p~ there is a £100 million spending gap. the most vulnerable in our society are put at risk as a result of their austerity over nine years and he expects us to celebrate an inadequate attempt to plaster over the problems we have. and on bus
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services, he mentions 200 million allocated for bus services. this is the third of the £645 million that has been cut from bus services since 2010. and on the police, they seem to forget they cut 20,000 police officers. he expects us to celebrate for his announcement today. we now know that at best there will only be 13,000 on the streets. and can he just tell us how many will be front line? we will support him in terms of the investment to protect religious establishments and communities, and we will support him the problems in tackling the problem of children being subjected to
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online abuse, of course we will, but the real protection comes from the safer neighbourhoods that we constructed under labour, that we had in every ward, with a sergeant, police officers and police support officers, all of whom who have been wiped out. and on prisons... an honourable member has shouted out not true. he needs to go out in that community and talk about the increase in violent crime that there is as increase in violent crime that there isasa increase in violent crime that there is as a result of what has happened. on prisons, we have spoken about money to create another 10,000 prison places. can the chancellor just tell us, are they the same 10,000 prison places promised by previousjustice 10,000 prison places promised by previous justice secretary is 10,000 prison places promised by previousjustice secretary is in 2016, 2017 and yet again in 2018?
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and also can he answer is, how many suicides and assaults on staff have taken suicides and assaults on staff have ta ken place suicides and assaults on staff have taken place because of their cuts to prison staff in the last nine years? will someone in the government ever apologise to the prison officers association for ignoring their warnings about the effect of this on safety in our prisons. these are some of the announcements we have heard today that there are many that we have heard very little about today. what about those who have been effectively forgotten in the chancellor's opportunist, one year spending round? chancellor's opportunist, one year spending round ? what chancellor's opportunist, one year spending round? what about the real structural reform to address the social care crisis which we have been waiting for for how many years? three? four? all we have now is a
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sticking plaster of £1 billion which will leave this sector in the same sorry state is now. what does that mean in real terms? it means 1.4 million not getting the care that they need, 87 people dying a day before they get the social care to support them. i understand that the chancellor's mates, the bankers were pushing the other day for more tax cuts and less regulation. i suppose they think they've got a soft touch at numberten and they think they've got a soft touch at number ten and number 11, they think they've got a soft touch at numberten and number", and i hope you sent them packing. but you know, when you compare how much has been cut from basic social services that we need and vulnerable people need for support and then you compare that to what has been calculated at the end of the next couple of years hundred and £10 billion given out in tax cuts to
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corporations, you can see why people don't believe this government has any concept of socialjustice or authority. does the chancellor have any words either for the thousands suffering... the honourable member for uxbridge said pathetic. i tell you what develops real pathos that is for many of us in our constituency surgeries dealing with people who are dependent on universal credit. and yet the chancellor didn't have any words for the thousands who are suffering for the thousands who are suffering for the brutal roll—out of universal credit, the people we represent, who now are queueing up at food banks as a result of the cuts. traditionally the spending review concentrates on department expenditure and i appreciate that but there's no reason why the chancellor couldn't have signalled the government's intent at least to end the misery
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and hardship that their policy is causing, and to end the roll—out of universal credit as it now is. i also have to say, most shockingly of all the chancellor has given no sign that he understands the scale of the climate emergency facing us, and the urgency which a significant government response is needed. he mentions crime and allocates an effectively minuscule amount of funding to address what is an existential threat to our society. i hope that members will remember those who got no comfort from today's announcement in the next few weeks. of the government pushes ahead with their plans for tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy, that mainly benefit the wealthy, thatis that mainly benefit the wealthy, that is widely rumoured. i hope members will remember all those,
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those individuals and services, that we re those individuals and services, that were deemed too unimportant by the chancellor to address today. because, yes, itell chancellor to address today. because, yes, i tell him, chancellor to address today. because, yes, itell him, whenever that election comes, in any election campaign you will be sure that the labour party will be reminding those people and the voters what nine years of and today's failure to act, the opportunity today was to really end what a missed opportunity. it will be, you know, just as we remember, can you rememberwhen, be, you know, just as we remember, can you remember when, mr speaker, we we re can you remember when, mr speaker, we were told there was no alternative? there we were told there was no alternative ? there was we were told there was no alternative? there was no money? we all know the lines, we've heard them enough times. we've heard them
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enough times. we've heard them enough times, they weren't true

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