£20bn NHS funding boost poses ‘severe challenges’ for schools, expert says

The government’s decision to hand the NHS an extra £20 billion will put pressure on schools, a funding expert has told MPs. The Independent reports

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies(IFS), said Theresa May’s policy announcement “poses quite severe challenges” for the Department for Education.

Speaking to the education select committee, Mr Sibieta said there would be “pressures” in light of the government’s promised NHS funding boost.

When asked by the committee chair, Robert Halfon, how education could be affected by the announcement, Mr Sibieta said there could be tax rises, borrowing, or “spending cuts elsewhere.”

“It clearly poses quite severe challenges for high-spending departments like education,” the funding expert told MPs. “The pressures are obvious.” 

Speaking to MPs on the committee, Mr Sibieta said the government should accept its £3bn of “efficiency savings” which schools have been asked to make amount to “cuts”.

“You should call it what it is – it is cutting spending. And it is very hard to work out what the impact of cutting spending will be on pupil outcomes later on down the line,” he said.

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