Budget bonus tied to 'reform';News;News amp; Opinion

12th November 1999 at 00:00
SCOTLAND will get its proportionate funding share of the extra millions for education promised in the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement, a Scottish Executive spokeswoman indicated.

Education is set to benefit over three years from a second comprehensive spending review next year. The first round of the review allocated pound;1.3 billion extra to Scottish education from 1999-2002, including the pound;320 million "excellence fund" for schools.

Gordon Brown made clear, however, that additional funding "will match investment with reform", which is not good news for unions nervously awaiting the outcome of the McCrone committee of inquiry into pay and conditions.

The Chancellor also announced that pound;150 million would be added to the pound;4 billion for building and renovating schools by 2001, three times the previous target. This could mean 300 Scottish schools benefit instead of the original 100.

Other measures include:

Doubling the number of pupils taking enterprise courses.

Ensuring the majority of leavers gain degrees by 2010.

Making college training available from 2001 under an expanded New Deal for over-25s.

Providing FE opportunities for lone parents backed by a pound;12.5 million childcare package.

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