'Championing the rights of children'

School spending protected from cuts, signals Osborne

Garry Wed 29 May 2013 08:20

The ring-fenced protection of spending on schools is likely to continue, Chancellor George Osborne has signalled.

Next month the chancellor will present his Spending Review, which will see cuts in many areas.

There had been speculation that school spending might also face cuts.

But Mr Osborne said: "I'm also going to try to protect money going into schools, so that we educate our children for the future."

A head teachers' leader said that schools would want to see the detail of what part of the education budget would be protected.

Labour said that education had already faced "devastating cuts", which had left "classrooms crumbling".

Speaking on Tuesday, the chancellor said that seven government departments had so far agreed savings to be implemented from 2015, as part of a target of £11.5bn budget cuts.

'Tough choices'
Spending on schools had been protected in the previous public spending review, but there had been claims that this ring-fencing could be removed.

The Reform think tank last week floated the idea that school budgets could be cut by 18% without damaging standards.

Read more... (BBC News - 28 May)