Spending Review DCMS

DCMS the Department for Culture Media and Sport always attracts a lot of public attention although less than 1% of total government expenditure goes to the culture, media and sport sector. A sector which accounts for almost one sixth of the U.K. economy.
Overall departmental spending will remain at £1.1 / £1.2 billion per year throughout this Parliament. The settlement will mean continued free access to national museums and galleries.
The spending review also confirmed that up to £550 million will be spent during this Parliament to make the 700Mhz spectrum available for mobile broadband use. £150 million will be invested to help the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum replace out of date storage facilities with new storage facilities which will preserve and protect over 2 million fragile and sensitive objects.

Spending Review

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The spending on the Department for Education is scheduled to increase from £53.6 billion this year to £57.1 billion by the end of the Parliament. The settlement includes the cost of doubling free childcare from 15 hours per week to 30 hours per week for working families of 3 and 4 year olds from September next year. Spending at least £4.4 billion a year on capital expenditure will result in 600,000 additional school places.

Savings will be made in various way for example an upper income limit of £100,000 per parent will be applied to the additional 15 hours of free childcare and a minimum weekly income level equivalent to 16 hours will be required. Schools will be helped to save on procurement by exploiting economies of scale.

There will also be a re-structuring of post-16 education and training. Sixth Form colleges will be given the opportunity to become academies, allowing them to recover their non-business VAT costs.