Education’s share of public spending set to fall for fifth year running

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The Budget reveals education’s share of public spending is continuing to shrink, Tes reports.

Education’s share of public spending is set to fall even further – to its lowest level since 2011-12 – according to a Tes analysis of figures published alongside the Budget.

Public sector spending on education will amount to £102bn in 2018-19, according to data from the Office for Budget Responsibility and HM Treasury.

This represents 12.6% of the predicted £809bn of public expenditure due to be spent next year.

This is down from the 12.71% that the spring Budget said would be spent on education in 2017-18.

Next year will be the fifth consecutive year in which education’s proportion of public spending has fallen.

The single biggest area of public expenditure is “social protection”, on which £252bn will be spent in 2018-19. This accounts for 31.12% of total government spending.

Health is the next biggest area of spending, with £155bn set aside for 2018-19 – representing 19.15% of expenditure.

Education comes in third place in terms of public sector spending, but is well ahead of defence and transport – areas which will have a combined spend of £84bn (10.38% of total spending).

Education’s shrinking share of public funds was set out by Tes earlier this year, in an analysis revealing that the government currently spends 18% more on state pensions than on education but the gap is set to dramatically widen, to 86%, by 2066-67.

In 50 years’ time, education spending in the UK is expected to shrink from its current 4.4% share of gross domestic product to just 3.8% – the lowest proportion since the early 1960s.

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