Britain's shrinking state means local services are increasingly being put into private hands.
Science and innovation in the UK may seem out of the woods following the spending review. But the EU referendum and changes to how funding is organised are potential threats.
Defence wins, NHS survives and local government faces massive regional inequalities.
Don't let the u-turn on tax credits fool you, swingeing cuts remain the order of the day in Osborne's bid to achieve a budget surplus.
Chancellor George Osborne has laid out his plans for UK spending for the next five years.
Treating the sick is not sustainable. We need to stop them getting sick in the first place. So why is the government cutting public health budgets?
As the UK government delivers its spending plans for the next five years, here's why a number of controversial cuts are on the cards.