Nicky Morgan on ringfencing schools funding: “I see no reason to think we couldn’t do that again”

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that Nicky Morgan has said she sees “no reason” why a Conservative government would end the protection of schools funding after the
 next election despite dire warnings about the level of cuts that will be needed in public spending…

In the wake of last week’s Autumn Statement, scepticism has grown over whether the protection given to schools, health and international development spending under the coalition
 can continue after the next election.

The Office for Budget Responsibility said the Government was on track to reduce public spending to levels not seen since the 1930s while the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies described the scale of cuts implied by the Chancellor’s financial plans as “colossal”.

But the Education Secretary insisted she would be making the case for the ringfencing
 of schools spending to continue 
if the Conservatives win in
 May…

“We have taken a decision as a Government that the particular protections are around the early years and primary and secondary because that really is about building the future.

“We’ve done it in this, what has been a very difficult, time and we did come in at a time when we had a lot of hard work to do to get the economy fixed.

“I would like to think, I can’t write the next Budget, can’t write the next Spending Review, but I see no reason to think we couldn’t do that again.”

Mrs Morgan was speaking at an event at Outwood Grange Academy, near Wakefield, where she was quizzed by more than 100 school leaders…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Easy for NickyMorgan01 to promise in a pre-election speech; not so easy to actually deliver & George Osborne has final say

  2. AndyDefinite

    andylutwyche Talk is cheap! Ask Clegg Ask Osbourne Ask the whole political class Ask the Ofsted trained inspector Ask the HR Consultant!

  3. andylutwyche

    AndyDefinite Quite plus they’ll say anything in the run up to an election too. This statement is utterly meaningless

  4. Sherbs1

    SchoolsImprove Time we did the same in Guernsey All we have done is reduce the budget by 10% Great investment for the future, I don’t think

  5. Sherbs1

    SchoolsImprove Time we did the same in Guernsey All we have done is reduce the budget by 10% Great investment for the future, I don’t think

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