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Spending review 2010: Devolved funds cut

The devolved governments in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were this week preparing to find cuts to their spending plans after chancellor George Osborne announced that he was cutting budgets by 25%.

The Scottish government has restated its commitment to paying for the new Forth road crossing (FRC) despite a £1.3bn cut in its budget next year.

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney said Scotland’s capital budget for 2011-12 will fall by £800M, a cut of 26%.

But Scottish transport agency Transport Scotland confirmed that the £500M of central funding for the Edinburgh tram project is secure.

Although these projects have been saved, transport minister Stewart Stevenson warned last year that “a significant number of other very deserving capital projects will have to be displaced to make room for the FRC.”

In Wales Plaid Cymru said central government was forcing a cumulative cut of £4.6bn in public services over four years.

In Northern Ireland, an £18bn investment plan for the region would still be made available despite the cuts.

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