Video – Philip Hammond snaps in TV clash with Susanna Reid over ‘utterly insulting’ schools cash in the Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond squirmed on live TV today as he was blasted over his “utterly insulting” promise of £400m for schools. The Mirror reports.

The Tory claimed his fund – worth £10k per primary or £50k per secondary this year – would help buy the “little extras” teachers need.

The Chancellor told ITV’s Good Morning Britain “I just thought that would be a nice gesture” so schools could “buy a whiteboard, buy a couple of computers”

And GMB host Susanna Reid told him: “What is happening in schools where they’re considering shorter weeks.

“They can’t buy essentials!”

The Chancellor snapped: “Frankly I reject that. Frankly I reject that.

“Schools funding will be dealt with in the spending review.”

“What I did yesterday was nothing to do with that process – I was simply giving back a little bit of the money we’ve saved this year so schools can buy the odd little piece of kit that they need. I think that’s a nice gesture. Many of the schools I know would be very happy to have £50,000 or even £10,000 to buy a whiteboard, buy a couple of computers, whatever it is.”

The money, announced in yesterday’s Budget speech, has been allocated as “capital spending”.

Capital funds are ringfenced for building maintenance and purchasing equipment.

Read more and watch the video Video – Philip Hammond snaps in TV clash with Susanna Reid over ‘utterly insulting’ schools cash in the Budget

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