Autumn Statement 2013: Osborne to make £1bn spending cuts to Whitehall departments

George Osborne will announce a fresh round of spending cuts for Whitehall departments when he delivers his Autumn Statement today.

The chancellor has informed cabinet members that departmental budgets will face total reductions of £1bn a year for the next three years.

It is thought the first year’s billion will come from unspent reserves.

Osborne will say that spending on health, education, foreign aid, local government, revenue and customs and the security services will be protected.

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