Schools received no new funding in today’s Spring Statement. Chancellor Philip Hammond instead prioritised an immediate £100 million for police to tackle knife crime, and made announcements about new housing and the environment. Tes reports.
However, he did confirm that the government would fund free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.
Mr Hammond also told MPs that, assuming a Brexit deal was agreed in the next few weeks, he intends to launch a spending review before the summer recess.
The review would then set out the funding for government departments, such as the Department for Education, for the following three years.
In response, Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, told MPs: “Whilst teachers are having to pay for the materials their pupils need, working parents are struggling to manage as schools close early, their children are sent home, 5,000 of our fellow citizens will be sleeping in the cold and wet on the streets tonight.”
He said that Mr Hammond had turned up “with no real end or reversal of austerity”.
Ahead of the Spring Statement, education unions issued a set of six “tests” for the chancellor, including providing new Treasury money for education.
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