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Darling set to cut spending by 14%

The Chancellor is expected to announce severe spending cuts of 14 per cent over three years in today’s pre-Budget report.

Alistair Darling is expected to make a pledge to protect “frontline services” such as schools, hospitals, police.

The public spending defecit is likely to peak this year at £180bn, but Darling plans to halve this to 5.5 per cent of GDP in 2013-14.

The cuts are not expected to be achieved through departmental spending limits but rather efficency savings and flat spending.

The Chancellor is also expected to push through plans for a one-off tax on bank bonus pools which have provoked outrage in the City this week.

Rather than taxing individual bankers’ bonuses, Darling is expected to unveil a windfall tax on the funds put aside by the banks to pay staff bonuses.

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