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BROWN ORDERS FUNDAMENTAL REVIEW OF PUBLIC SPENDING

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Chancellor Gordon Brown has ordered treasury officials to conduct a fundamental review of public spending as part o...
Chancellor Gordon Brown has ordered treasury officials to conduct a fundamental review of public spending as part of his strategy to rebalance the economy from consumption to investment, reports the Observer (p1, May11).

In an interview with the newspaper, Mr Brown pledged to change the benefit structure by removing disincentives to work for jobless households.

He promised a bill to release over time£5bn of capital receipts from council house sales as a means of kick-starting a social housing programme.

The 'foyer' scheme would also be expanded, where the young homeless are given shelter on condition they undertake training.
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