The Chancellor’s statement on 20 October and Treasury publication provide the firm and fixed spending budgets for all government departments for the rest of this Parliament. Over the coming months this Department will explain the details that schools, local authorities, charities and other organisations will need to plan their own budgets.

In making difficult choices about where limited funds can have the most impact our principles are to:

  • prioritise frontline education and children’s services
  • protect the most vulnerable children and young people in our society
  • give local areas more freedoms and flexibility to focus resource on the priorities for their areas by bringing together funding streams and ending inefficient centrally-run programmes
  • build the capacity and autonomy of organisations and services at local level.