Lib Dem Danny Alexander blasts Osborne over planned cuts

George Osborne has been accused by Danny Alexander, his Liberal Democrat deputy, of planning the “willful destruction” of key public services if the Conservatives win the next general election. In an interview with The Independent, Mr Alexander said the Chancellor would make £60bn of unnecessary cuts by 2020. Claiming that the Chancellor wants to “shrink the state”, he warned that even deeper cuts would be needed to deliver the Tories’ planned “unfunded” £7.2bn income tax reduction. Mr Alexander said that the schools budget, provision for 16- to 19-year-olds, nursery education and the pupil premium for children from low-income families would all be at risk under Tory plans. In contrast, the front page of the Lib Dem manifesto next May would pledge to protect such spending, he said.

The Independent carried this story.

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.

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