Becta’s budget to be slashed by £40m
The Schools Secretary Ed Balls has revealed that Becta will have its budget cut by £40m because it has been so successful. Balls was speaking to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 about his department’s work to create efficiency savings.
When asked about the Becta cut, Balls said Becta was a great example: “If you went back to 1997 we didn’t really have computers in schools, we weren’t using IT properly. “Becta’s job was to get that IT into schools, and that’s what they’ve done. It was a huge and radical change, and I’m saying to Becta we need to carry on doing some of that, and to sell that technology round the world, but we don’t need the scale, now we’ve succeeded.”
All good spin of course, but everyone knows that recent reports have identified Becta as a prime target for culling, in any bonfire of quangos that might follow an election, so the thinking goes that significantly reducing its budget may make it less of a target, if only life were so simple. We are now in a different ball game where transparency and accountability to the poor bloody taxpayer matters. One things for sure it knows that it is under threat and very much in the frame.