Admin costs to rise

11th June 2004 at 01:00
Spending on government bureaucracy will increase by pound;8 million next year despite ministers' pledges to ensure that more money gets through to schools.

The Department for Education and Skills' administration costs will increase from pound;237m this year to pound;245m in 20056, according to its annual report.

This year's Budget promised real savings of 5 per cent in DfES admin costs by 2008. Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, said this would be achieved through a 31 per cent reduction in DfES staff and savings from new technology.

Staff numbers will fall next year to 4,100 from a planned 4,200 this year and 4,500 in 20034.

Two years ago, David Miliband, schools minister, promised that civil servants would not receive "a single penny" of the additional money promised to education.

DfES admin costs then rose from pound;226m to pound;243m before a planned reduction this year. A spokeswoman said costs would fall after the next three-year spending period begins in 20056.

But Chris Keates, acting general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, expressed concerns about the proposed staffing cuts. "We work closely with civil servants on the school workforce agreement. And their burden is heavy. Rather than there being a proliferation of staff there is a shortage in some areas," she said.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now