Theresa May 'reins in £27bn schools spending demand' amid row over her legacy
Theresa May has reportedly scaled back her demand for a £27billion "legacy" cash boost for schools amid a row with the Treasury.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister has ditched her attempt to secure the three-year funding boost for schools in her final days in Number 10.
Instead, Downing Street and the Treasury are said to be discussing plans for a more limited, one-off cash injection of around £9bn.
The call to significantly ramp up schools spending comes amid anger from some Tory MPs at what is being seen as an attempt to use public money to secure a legacy for Mrs May as she prepares to leave Downing Street.
Th outgoing Prime Minister has pressed ahead with a series of major announcements as she enters her final month in the top job.
They include high-profile pledges on mental health support, as well as a vow to slash carbon emissions in the UK to net-zero by 2050 - despite a warning from Philip Hammond that it will cost £1trillion.
The Chancellor was also said to be fiercely resisting the call for a £27bn education spending boost - with reports this week that he could even be prepared to quit over the demand.
A Whitehall source told the paper that Mr Hammond would be more willing to accept the scaled-back plan as it would not amount to a pledge that stretched for "years and years".
PoliticsHome has learned that Tory MPs were canvassed on Mrs May's spending plans by Government whips - who were met with a "uniformly negative" response.
One minister said: "The whips asked us all a few weeks ago what we thought about it and they were told by everyone that it was a bad idea.
"It's just very selfish and a clear attempt to tie the hands of her successor. She should not be doing it, it's as simple as that."
In a swipe at Mrs May's chief of staff and former Tory MP Gavin Barwell, they added: "What's she going to announce next - a mission to Mars? We could maybe call it the Barwell Probe."