There is a new ICM poll in tomorrow’s Guardian which confirms the post election pattern of Labour re-asserting themselves strongly in second place and the Lib Dems well behind Labour:
Conservative 39% (up 1%)
Labour 32% (down 1%)
Lib Dem 21% (no change)
Changes are compared to the Sunday Telegraph ICM poll a week ago.
Today the Treasury has announced where the intial tranche of £6.2bn of savings will be made. Health, Defence and International Development have been protected but some other departments face some big cuts in their budgets.
The new Government has been keen to stress that front-line services will not be affected and schools and SureStart have also been identified for protection from cuts. This gives the lie to the many Labour scares during the election campaign that there were Conservative “plans to scrap SureStart”.
Child Trust Funds will be cut and there will be a recruitment freeze in the Civil Service. A number of quangos and IT projects will be scrapped as promised.
Department of Transport – £683m
Communities and Local Government – £780m
Local Government DEL – £405m
Business – £836m
Home Office – £367m
Department for Education – £670m
Ministry of Justice £325m
Law Officers Department – £18m
Foreign Office – £55m
Energy and Climate Change – £85m
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – £162m
Culture, Media and Sport – £88m
Department for Work and Pensions – £535m
Chancellor’s Departments – £451m
Cabinet Office – £79m
Devolved administrations – £704m