Tuesday, January 13, 2009

+67% increase in schools revenue funding

There was a point during the December Council Meeting where the Convener of Education tried to claim that school revenue budgets had been reduced over recent previous years - she even went so far as to put it in black and white in a motion (not on CPOL yet - but it will be eventually I'm sure!) ... all related to item 10.11 on the agenda here.

... our side of the Chamber was pretty incredulous at such an insinuation - not just because its a pile-of-arrant-nonsense, but because its nothing short of a blatant mis-truth.

... and I've now unearthed the 2004 briefing note from Officers which confirms in black-and-white:

"The Education Budget
A budget breakdown for the past five years (Revenue and Capital) is enclosed. Key investments are as follows:

  • Revenue has increased by 67% over the past 5 years
  • Capital Investment over 5 years £301.96 million"

Yes - that's a 67% increase in Revenue Budget from 1999 through to 2004 ... given that Revenue Budgets CONTINUED TO GO UP in the following 3-years, then it is perfectly correct to state that revenue expenditure on schools increased by over 67% throughout the previous two Labour terms of office (1999-2007).

But hey, portraying a '+67% increase' as a 'reduction' is all part of a days work for the current Council Administration :-(

Frankly - I struggle to believe a word they say.

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