Scottish Budget breakdown: Education Department


The Scottish government has announced its final draft budget before next May's election, which includes cuts of about £1bn.

Here is a look at the detailed budget plans.


2011-12 draft budget - £2.481bn

2010-11 budget - £2.715bn

The education portfolio, overseen by minister Mike Russell, oversees education policy in relation to schools, qualifications, further and higher education and adult learning.

Most of the department's budget provides cash to local authorities to run schools.

Scottish ministers see a good education system as vital for delivering economic recovery and long-term growth and are focussing strongly on the early years of childrens' lives.

Jobs agency Skills Development Scotland will have its budget cut, with the expectation it makes efficiencies.

In terms of funding pressures, the government expects demand for college and university places to remain strong.

The further and higher education sectors have been asked to manage budget cuts "without reducing overall learning opportunities".

Other highlights include;

  • capital funding for colleges and universities will see a steep fall, from £209m to £91m
  • the "learning" budget will increase from £126m to £156m, while the budget for the Student Awards Agency will fall from £534m to £516m
  • the Further and Higher Education Funding Council's budget is reduced from £1.7bn to £1.5bn, while spending on "other lifelong learning" falls from £277m to £244m
  • ministers have guaranteed that no existing student will see reductions in living support costs in 2011-12, while "core" college and university places will be maintained

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