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Spending review and the cleaning industry

Published 1st June, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Spending review and the cleaning industry

The coalition government has outlined more than £6 billion of immediate spending cuts, most of which will be used to reduce Britain's £156 billion fiscal deficit.
The plans will lead to £6.243 billion of cuts this year, with £1.165 billion savings made by decreasing local government funding. The government says it will instead give local authorities greater flexibility over their budgets by removing restrictions on £1.7 billion of grants in 2010-11.

But in a move that signalled possible good news for the cleaning industry, an extra £500 million will be reinvested in apprenticeships and further education, with skills investment labeled a key tool in maintaining the economic recovery which began at the start of this year. The government also announced that extra areas will now be protected.

After honouring its commitment to ring-fence key areas such as the NHS, defence and overseas aid budgets, with any savings identified reinvested in those departments, it expanded the list to include schools, Sure Start centres for young children and education spending on 16 to 19 year-olds.

Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “Local government budgets have been hit hard by these announcements, and some tough decisions lie ahead for local authorities across the country. We hope that officials recognise the importance and value the public places on a clean and hygienic environment, and that this is reflected as they assess their spending priorities. We also welcome the spending guarantees on employer based training skills, and hope that the government recognises the cleaning industry’s £3 billion contribution to the UK economy when this new resource is being allocated.”

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