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News - November/December 2018
Budget funding dismissed as inadequate by critics
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, allocated an extra £400 million of capital funding for schools in October’s Budget. This one-off payment will be made directly to schools, averaging £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school. It can be spent on equipment such as computers, whiteboards or building upgrades and comes in addition to the core schools budget.
Commenting on the funding, Hammond said: “Schools spending will be dealt with in the spending review. We put £1.3bn of additional money into schools funding last year to protect per-pupil spending in our schools. What I did yesterday was nothing to do with that process. It was simply giving back a little bit of the money that we’ve saved this year so that schools can buy the odd little piece of kit that they need. I think that’s a nice gesture.”
Reaction from the schools sector was generally critical. Shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said: “The chancellor has cut billions from our schools and now he is offering them a ‘little extra’ whiteboard. This shows how desperately out of touch the Tories are when tens of thousands of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff have been cut, and headteachers are begging parents for money for basic supplies.”
Andrew Morris, the assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Philip Hammond is hopelessly out of touch about the crisis in our schools. Parents, teachers and school leaders will know better than to be fooled by his ‘nice gesture’.”
The National Audit Office has estimated an additional £6.7bn is needed to bring England’s school buildings back up to a satisfactory standard.