Theresa May ‘reins in £27bn schools spending demand’ amid row over her legacy

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister has ditched her attempt to secure the three-year funding boost for schools in her final days in Number 10. Politics Home reports.

Instead, Downing Street and the Treasury are said to be discussing plans for a more limited, one-off cash injection of around £9bn.

The call to significantly ramp up schools spending comes amid anger from some Tory MPs at what is being seen as an attempt to use public money to secure a legacy for Mrs May as she prepares to leave Downing Street.

They include high-profile pledges on mental health support, as well as a vow to slash carbon emissions in the UK to net-zero by 2050 – despite a warning from Philip Hammond that it will cost £1trillion.

The Chancellor was also said to be fiercely resisting the call for a £27bn education spending boost – with reports this week that he could even be prepared to quit over the demand.

PoliticsHome has learned that Tory MPs were canvassed on Mrs May’s spending plans by Government whips – who were met with a “uniformly negative” response.

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