Further Information: Department of Education and Employment
18 July 2000
across the UK is set to rise by 5.4 per cent a year in real terms over
the next three years, taking it from £45.8 billion in 2000-01
to £57.7 billion in 2003-04, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced
Together with the
extra boost for education in 2000-01 announced in the Budget in March,
this represents an average growth rate of 6.6 per cent over four years,
the highest growth over a four year period for 20 years.
The increase in
spending, matched by tough targets, will bring higher attainment in
schools, wider participation in Further and Higher Education and much
more help for unskilled adults.
Secretary of State for Education and Employment, welcomed the Spending
Review 2000 settlement and said:
"I am very pleased
with the education spending plans announced today. Over the five years
covered by this Government's two spending reviews, education spending
will rise by 33 per cent in real terms, more than the entire increase
between 1978-79 and 1996-97. This demonstrates this Government's continued
commitment to investing more in education and raising standards."
Key outcomes for
the Department for Education and Employment are:
Other measures announced today include:
1. Subject to decisions
by the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland
Assembly, education spending is projected to be 5.0 per cent of Gross
Domestic Product in 2001-02 and to rise to 5.3 per cent by 2003-04.
This compares with 4.7 per cent in 1996-97.
2. The settlement
for science is set out in Press Notice SR2000/DTI, for the Department
of Trade and Industry.
3. Other related
announcements for Young People at Risk and Sure Start are included in
Press Notice SR2000/X1.
4. Key figures for
the DfEE settlement are tabulated below:
5. For more details contact the DfEE press office on 020 7925 5476 / 5721 (Schools Desk) or 020 7925 5893 / 5373 (Lifelong learning).