Chancellor's announcements on education

This is in addition to a £350 million to increase per-pupil school budgets in areas with the least fairly distributed funding.

However, there will be a real-terms freeze in schools' overall budgets. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "Reductions in education funding have led to cuts in provision such as breakfast and after school clubs, music lessons, SEN support and the Education Maintenance Allowance which helped students stay on in education.

"The half a million teachers in this country will find little to welcome either. Their pay is worth less, they are working longer hours and they can expect lower pensions when they retire."