If you read this or this press release you are left, at least on first impression, that the Government is spending lots of money on education, more than ever before indeed, and that they're just simply marvelous, wonderful, and generally on the side of the angels all round. However, on Thursday in a ministerial statement, Ed Balls told Parliament that, (emphasis mine),
Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Children, Schools and Families Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be decreased by £14,106,193,000 from £64,665,498,000 to £50,559,305,000, the administration cost budget will be decreased by £45,221,000 from £237,698,000 to £192,477,000. The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) which has a separate Estimate and DEL, will be increased by £16,790,000 from £205,000,000 to £221,790,000 the administration cost budget will be increased by £485,000 from £28,470,000 to £28,955,000.For an explanation of Departmental Spending Limits see here. So basically we have DCSF press releases being put out saying how much the Government is spending using words like "boost", "additional" and "further funding", whilst in Parliament, Ed Balls announces that the amount of money in total that he has to spend has been cut by approximately £14.15 billion? How does that work then?