Theresa May embroiled in fresh Budget controversy over unfunded grammar school places

Theresa May faces a fresh Budget storm after it emerged that £320m announced to create thousands of places at her flagship grammar schools will only cover a fraction of the cost of setting them up.

Treasury officials admitted to The Independent that money set out in the Budget will not be enough to pay for the 70,000 free school places promised by the Prime Minister.

Ms May was so proud of the pledge to create the places at 140 new schools, that she chose to announce it personally the day before Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget statement.

But an

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