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AT A GLANCE: The main announcements in Sajid Javid's first Spending Review
EDUCATION School spending will rise by £7.1bn over the next three years Mr Javid said secondary schools will be given a minimum of £5,000 per pupil by 2020-21, while primary schools will receive £4,000 per pupil by 2021-22 Meanwhile, teacher's starting salaries will rise to £30,000 by 2022-23.
The budget for supporting children and young people with special educational needs will rise by £700m compared to 2019-20 funding levels.
HOME OFFICE The former Home Secretary said his firmer department would get a 6.3% real terms increase in funding, saying the £750m boost was the 'biggest increase' in 15 years.
ENVIRONMENT The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will receive an additional £422m to help tackle climate change and uphold environmental standards after the UK exits the EU.
The Chancellor said further funds to help meet the government's net-zero emission targets would be made available later this year as part of the infrastructure strategy review.
TRANSPORT With a nod to his father's previous job as a bus driver, Javid announced £200m to help 'transform' bus services across the country with new cash for low-emission vehicles and a trial of 'on-demand services'.
Councils to get £1.5bn extra for social care next year – Javid
“We are investing more in training and professional development for our doctors and nurses and over £2bn of new capital funding, starting with an upgrade of 20 hospitals this year, and £250m for groundbreaking new artificial intelligence technologies to help solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges today like easier cancer detection, discovering new treatments and relieving the workload of doctors and nurses.” Turning to social care, he said Prime Minister Boris Johnson “has committed to a clear plan to fix social care and give every older person the dignity and security that they deserve”.
He continued: “I can announce today that councils will have access to new funding of £1.5bn for social care next year alongside the largest increase in local government spending power since 2010 and, on top of the existing £2.5bn of social care grants, that’s a solid foundation to protect the stability of the system next year and a down payment on the more fundamental reforms the Prime Minister will set out in due course.” James Jamieson, chairman of the LGA, said: “We are delighted that today’s spending round has delivered a funding package of more than £3.5 billion for our vital local services next year.
“This is the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in spending power for local government in a decade and will allow councils to meet the rising cost and demand pressures they face in 2020/21.” The £3.5bn includes the extra cash for social care and £700m for children and young people with special educational needs.
“The ability to levy an adult social care precept again next year helpfully gives them the potential to raise a further £500 million to help people in our communities who need care and support.” Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK and co-chairwoman of the Care and Support Alliance, said: “Although the devil is often in the detail when it comes to Government spending announcements, on the face of it the extra money announced for social care in 2020/21 should help to keep our current care system tottering along for another year.
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Dr Nikita Kanani, acting director of primary care for NHS England, said: “Family doctors in England see nearly one million people every day and this survey shows they appreciate the fantastic job they do alongside other practice staff such as nurses and pharmacists.” However, GPs continue to face pressure and increasing demand and while seven in 10 patients were satisfied with the appointment they were offered, some patients were waiting longer than they would have liked to see their GP.