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Budget 2021: Education Among The Losers In Rishi Sunak's Announcements

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An extra £2 billion of new funding for schools unveiled in Rishi Sunak’s Budget has been described as a “pale imitation” of what is needed.

The chancellor said his boost would bring the government’s total support for education recovery to almost £5 billion and return spending to where it was in 2010.

However, the offer is just a fraction of the £15 billion recommended by the government’s former education recovery commissioner.

Sir Kevan Collins resigned in the summer in protest over a scaled-down recovery plan, warning it “does not come close” to meeting the needs of children whose education has been thrown into chaos by the pandemic.

Former education secretary Gavin Williamson reportedly submitted a bid for £7 billion of catch up funding before he was sacked after having had his initial bid for £9 billion of it turned down in June, according to Times Radio’s Tom Newton Dunn

It means Williamson’s successor Nadhim Zahawi has received not even half that figure in today’s Budget announcement.

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