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Jeremy Hunt’s plans likely to degrade public services, says report

Thinktank says it expects chancellor’s autumn statement to leave ‘poisoned inheritance’ for next government

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Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement is expected to bring further degradation of public services, with even those given extra funds, such as schools and the NHS, unlikely to catch up from the damage caused by Covid, a leading thinktank has said.

The Institute for Government (IfG) said the statement, given last week, and billed by the chancellor as generous in the circumstances, was deliberately frontloaded, leaving any government after 2024 with some hugely difficult spending decisions.

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