Magazine article Public Finance

Cash "May Not Raise Standards"

Magazine article Public Finance

Cash "May Not Raise Standards"

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The government should take great care in linking expenditure with outcomes as there is little evidence that its extra cash has led to educational improvements, MPs warned this week.

The education and skills select committee said claims by Chancellor Gordon Brown that additional investment in education had led to improved GCSE results could not be proved.

Its own analysis found that, despite a 31.6% increase in real-terms funding between 1998/99 and 2002/03, GCSE performance improved by only five points. In contrast, performance increased by 6.7 points between 1990/91 and 1994/5 with just an 11.4% funding increase.

The committee warned that the government's justification for extra spending to improve services had obvious implications for those who had not received such largesse.

It also stressed that 'links between expenditure and outcome remain difficult to establish' and should be a concern in the light of the current public sector productivity review by Sir Tony Atkinson, which aims to find ways of doing just that. …

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