Brits: Are you surprised that the Conservative government has "turned the page on austerity", just before a potential election?

"Chancellor Sajid Javid has presented his spending plan to MPs in the Commons, with the health service, education and the police expected to fare well.

He told MPs the government had "turned the page on austerity", outlining £13.8bn of investment on areas including health and education.

Mr Javid said it was the fastest spending increase for 15 years, but the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, accused him of "meaningless platitudes"."

https://www.BBC.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49574217

"The Department of Health budget will grow by 1.2 per cent in real terms between 2009/10 and 2020/21. This is far below the long-term average increases in health spending of approximately 4 per cent a year (above inflation) since the NHS was established and the rate of increase needed based on projections by the Office of Budget Responsibility (4.3 per cent a year)."
https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/nhs-budget

"the number of police officers in England and Wales fell from a peak of 144,353 in 2009 to 122,859 in 2016. At the same time the number of specialist armed police officers has fallen from a peak of 6,796 in 2010 to 5,639 in 2016"
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/05/theresa-may-police-cuts-margaret-thatcher-budgets
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I missed out education:
"there was a clear decline in spending in the five years from 2012-13 to 2017-18. The increase in 2018-19 was the first since 2010-11."
researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/.../SN01078.pdf

I assume there will be no complaints from the opposition to Labour increasing spending, if they win the next election.
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