Cash for the National Health Service—and new grammar schoolsby Alex Dean / March 7, 2017 / Leave a comment
Philip Hammond is expected to unveil a £1.3bn boost for the NHS tomorrow, along with £320m for new schools—including grammars.
In his first Budget since becoming Chancellor—and his second major fiscal statement—Hammond is likely unveil an extra £1.3bn to fund social care. The Sun reports that the extra money is seen by the government as a short-term solution, while more permanent fixes to the NHS’s cash crisis are considered.
The Financial Times reports that the move will be funded by a 3p increase in the national insurance rate paid by the self-employed.
The government will also invest £320m in the free schools programme, paving the way for new grammars: if government legislation passes, they will be free to offer selective education. A further £216m will be spent on improving existing school infrastructure.
An extra £500m a year is to be spent on skills training for 16 to 19-year-olds. Students on higher technical education courses will be eligible for maintenance loans under the new reforms, while the technical education system overall will be streamlined.