Jeremy Hunt Is The Biggest Ever

In the end it was easier to submit an FOI request than to discover the figures online. Here’s how the situation breaks down. In 2011, a 5 year fund of £800 million was awarded. In 2016, another 5 year fund of £816 million was awarded – “the biggest ever”. The money is spread out evenly over each 5 year period. So, over a 10 year period, the annual spend has risen from £160 to £163.2 million or an annual increase of 0.002% Now, inflation is pretty low at the moment and who knows what will happen over the next 5 years, but it’s safe to say this is a real terms decrease in funding: a cut, not an increase.

Earlier this year, Jeremy was admonished by the Kings Fund for similar wool-pulling misrepresentation of numbers when he claimed to be giving the NHS the ‘sixth biggest increase in history’ when it was more like the 28th biggest increase.

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