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Education spending by some Scottish councils cut by twenty per cent
EB News: 13/02/2018 - 10:38
Spending on education by some councils in Scotland has dropped by up to 20 per cent over six years, according to a new report.
The National Benchmarking Overview Report 2016-17 which is compiled by local authorities shows that, since 2010-11, real-terms spending per primary and secondary pupil has fallen by 9.6 per cent and 2.9 per cent respectively, which translates as £513 less per primary pupil and £205 less per secondary pupil.
There are differences in spending across Scotland, however. While some councils have cut spending by as much as a fifth, others have upped their education budgets by 7.8 per cent in real terms between 2010-11 and 2016-17.
The average spend per primary pupil last year was £4,804; at secondary level, the per-pupil spend was £6,817. The report highlighted “a considerable” variation between councils, “particularly for secondary education”.
In primary education, costs ranged from £4,105 per pupil in Edinburgh to £8,394 per pupil in the Western Isles (£4,105 to £5,775 excluding islands, which tend to spend more on education due their remoteness).
For secondary schools, the range was £5,844 per pupil in Renfrewshire to £11,968 per pupil in Orkney (£5,844 to £8,433 excluding islands).
Overall, the report said that there had been real reductions in the education budget of almost 3.8 per cent since 2010-11 across Scotland’s 32 local authorities.