Spring Statement 2019

14th March 2019

The 2019 Spring Statement was released yesterday, but what does it mean and how are funds going to be spent?

To put it simply, the Spring Statement is when the Chancellor updates the overall health of the economy, forecasting growth and deciding where money should be spent. We’re borrowing £3bn less than predicted, but how are funds going to be split? Here are some key points to note:

BREXIT 

The Chancellor has pledged to spend nearly £30bn to boost the economy if MPs vote to leave the EU with a deal in place, despite Brexit causing a predicted fall on our economic activity. The Chancellor has however said that this all depends on a ‘smooth’ Brexit. With MPs deciding to vote against the possibility of exiting the EU without a deal, we’re not too sure it is going to be as smooth as once thought.

POLICE 

The UK has seen a concerning increase in knife crime throughout the beginning of 2019, especially amongst teens, prompting the Chancellor to distribute £100m to the police across the country.

HOUSING 

If £100m seemed like a large sum, the Chancellor has allocated £3bn for affordable housing builds across the UK, creating over 200,000 new homes this year. 

PERIOD POVERTY 

One in 10 girls in the UK cannot afford sanitary products and miss days off school as a result (statistic from Plan International). To put a stop to this, secondary schools will now provide free sanitary products to girls – a fantastic step forward.

It has also been highlighted in the media that there was no mention of any changes being made to universal credit, despite its well reported failings. 

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