Osborne must abandon departmental ringfencing

The Telegraph features comments from the IEA

Six centre-Right policy institutes say it is “not sensible” to define some public services as “sacrosanct”, as two think-tanks favoured by Labour criticise the ring-fencing of funds for schools, health and international development.

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies also warned that other public services would suffer more “pain” as a result of the “sub-optimal” approach to reviewing government budgets.

However, in their letter, groups including the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Centre for Policy Studies warn that the coalition is “struggling desperately” to eliminate the budget deficit and “presiding over an extraordinary ballooning of the national debt”.

“In light of this we call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to abandon the government’s policy of implicit and explicit ring-fencing of certain areas of spending,” the letter says.

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