16 March 2016
Commenting on today’s Budget, Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said:
“The Chancellor has announced a number of measures today designed to help businesses. Publishers, like other sectors, are operating in challenging times and any fiscal assistance from the government is good news. The measures to create a more level tax playing field between international and UK companies were particularly welcomed.
“However, while we of course understand the government’s desire to raise educational standards through expanded opening hours, this must be accompanied with the necessary additional funds to make it possible. As our recent research showed, headteachers are already reporting that the financial squeeze will impact their ability to buy the resources they need to improve standards. This new announcement shouldn’t create a yet further burden on schools budgets.”