Osborne seeks low-cost vote winners as austerity tightened

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer presents his budget today

16th March, 2016
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Pic: Getty

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is set to unveil sweeping education reforms in his Budget today as he seeks to sweeten the pill of austerity three months before the referendum on European Union membership.

Schools in England are to be freed from local-authority control by 2022 and teaching days will lengthen under a £1.5 billion package of measures designed to improve education standards, according to the Treasury.

“The Budget I’ll deliver today will put...

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