Thursday 5 December 2019 / 10:30 PM Andrew Gwynne

A decade of cuts has left a £37 billion hole in our health and education services

New research reveals that the Tories have cut health and education spending by £37.3 billion since 2010.

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) budget has only increased by an average of 1.5% a year since 2010/11 compared with an average of 3.3% increase that is widely acknowledged as required to keep spending in line with demand and performance at a standstill. This has left the NHS £23.5 billion worse off over the last decade.

Latest figures also show that since 2009/10 education spending across the UK has been cut by £13.8 billion.

While successive Tory governments have pushed our public services into crisis, Labour will increase the DHSC budget by an average of 4.3% in real terms over the course of the next Parliament, and invest an additional £25 billion in schools over three years compared to £14 billion promised by the Conservatives.

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s National Campaign Co-ordinator, said:

“Britain’s education and health services are the cornerstones of our communities and a decade of brutal austerity has cut them to the bone, having a devastating effect on lives across the country.

“The Tories continue to lie about their future plans, misleading the public on their plans for hospitals, nurses and schools funding. The NHS is entering the worst winter crisis on record, there is a shortage of 43,000 nurses and four out of five schools are still going to be worse off next year.

“Labour will make our public services the best and most extensive in the world and deliver the real change we need.”