i understands Damian Hinds is close to walking away from the negotiating table as he and Philip Hammond have been unable to agree how much the sector should receive.
A senior source told i: “Mr Hammond wants his own legacy to be about maintaining fiscal integrity. But he doesn’t do politics.”
The DfE now believes it has a better chance of securing money for schools once Mr Hammond has gone and a new Chancellor is appointed by either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.
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