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CSR - highlights

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A roundup of the comprehensive spending review

Social services

Social care gets a 2.3% increase, compared to 4% for health. However, sector leaders welcomed the promise of a green paper discussing issues raised by changing demographics.

Chancellor Alistair Darling promised new homes to help older people and those with disabilities to live independently, as well as additional support for carers.


Housing was a relative winner with£6.5bn to be invested in social housing to deliver 45,000 new homes a year for the next three years. A new enterprise and renewal fund will be set up for the most deprived areas.


A large increase in the availability of private finance initiative credits for waste management projects was promised, to£700m in 2010-11 from the present£280m.

Flood and coastal defence funding, including work done by local government, will rise by£200m a year to£800m in 2010-11.


The specific grant for the troubled concessionary bus fares scheme for older people will rise by 5.1%, from£212m next year to£223m in 2010-11.

There are unspecified sums for investment in roads and in the Transport Innovation Fund to support road-pricing schemes.


Ministers have abandoned the widely criticised planning gain supplement and will instead consult on powers for councils to impose tariffs to pay for infrastructure to new developments. The Royal Town Planning Institute said it expected councils to have discretion within government guidelines. The s106 system would remain for site-specific infrastructure.

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