Headlines, PublicNet: 4 July, 1997

Gordon Brown, in his Budget statement, announced an injection of more than £3b for education and health. Education will receive £2b, made up of £1b extra for local authority spending on schools and £1b for school repairs to be spent up to 2002. The additional £1.2 funding for the health service will go into patient care.Local education authorities will now be able to tackle the problem of class sizes. The new money will allow them to start hiring teachers. The £1b will also be spent on books and equipment, including information technology equipment and more training for teachers and headteachers. There will be more specialist schools and resources to develop effective programmes to improve discipline and cut truancy.

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