Wiltshire increases education budget

19th February 1999 at 00:00
Conservative-controlled Wiltshire this week increased its education budget in line with Government expectations of what should be spent on the service.

The move came after widespread protests and a warning from David Blunkett, the Education Secretary, that he expected extra money allocated to raise raise standards not to be diverted.

A further pound;1.24 million was put into education, raising its budget to pound;158m, which is now up to the Government's standard spending assessment calculation.

School budgets will rise by 7.1 per cent. The increase will be funded, co-incidentally, by a 7.1 per cent rise in council tax.

Peter Chalke, council leader, said the Conservatives had listened to protests. "After all, we are governors of schools and understand them. Many of us are parents and grandparents of Wiltshire schoolchildren."

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