What is there left to cut?

The cost of living crisis is hitting schools hard and senior leaders will have no choice but to make cuts to front-line education spending. Paul Whitman says the new prime minister must act and act now

As Liz Truss begins life in Number 10, it is hard to think of a prime minister who has faced a more urgent and demanding in-tray.

Sitting right at the top is the current cost of living crisis. Over the summer, there has been talk of little else as households around the country have already started to feel the effects of rapidly rising costs and are trying to work out how they will afford their energy bills this winter.

Of course, it is not just families dealing with this crisis, school leaders too have returned this term to face enormous black holes in their budgets and are now facing the prospect of having to find further cuts simply to try and balance the books.

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