Robert has welcomed the Chancellor’s Spending Round for 2019 which was delivered today.
In his speech the Chancellor confirmed that no Government department would see its budget reduced, and all would see funding increases at least in line with inflation.
The Spending Round includes an additional £1 billion on social care to support local authorities to meet rising demand, while also maintaining £2.5 billion of existing social care grants.
The Chancellor confirmed he is providing a three-year settlement for schools, starting with an additional £2.6 billion next year and rising to £7.1 billion in 2022-23 compared to 2019-20 funding levels. Along with this he is increasing minimum per pupil funding. Next year every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil, and by 2021-22 every primary school will get at least £4,000 per pupil.
Also from next year over £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as well as investing £400 million in Further Education, ensuring young people have the skills they need for the future.
Among other announcements the Chancellor also confirmed he is providing an extra £750 million to begin recruitment of the 20,000 new police officers, with the first 6,000 in place by March 2021.
Commenting, Robert said: “There is a lot of excellent news in the Chancellor’s statement today. In the big picture, no government department is having its budget reduced, and we are seeing major increases of funding in education, for policing and crucially our social care system, to go along with the big increases in NHS funding already announced earlier this year.”
“All of these tremendous increases will be achieved while maintaining our fiscal rules, within current spending rules and still cutting the deficit.”
“I will drill into the detail of this Spending Round to ensure these national funding increases translate to tangible improvements in West Oxfordshire.”