Philip Hammond Warns That Extra Funding For NHS Left No Money For Other Areas
The chancellor warned the cabinet that there’s no money left for extra spending on areas including schools, defence, prisons, and police.

Philip Hammond has warned ministers that the Treasury’s £25 billion boost for the NHS will leave them with no extra money to spend on their own policy areas.

As the cabinet met yesterday to sign off Theresa May’s speech on extra funding for the NHS, the chancellor was there to make it quite clear that he afraid that there’s no money left for extra spending in other departments, The Times has reported.

The comment came after Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson have been urging the Treasury to loosen the purse-strings in recent months, amid fears that key public services are feeling the strain after years of austerity.

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A Cabinet minister told the magazine: “The atmosphere was quite muted. Ministers could see the implications are going to make life quite difficult. Any sense that the taps are about to be turned on were dispelled.”

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire also gave his own warning about UK’s growing housing crisis.

Speaking in London, the Prime Minister confirmed NHS, which is under severe strain, would benefit from an annual 3.4 per cent rise up to 2024, equivalent to an extra £394 million per week in real terms.

Mr May refused to say exactly where the money would come from and noted: “Some of the extra funding I am promising today will come from using the money we will no longer spend on our annual membership subscription to the European Union after we have left,”

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