The council loses 30% of its population in April, when Milton Keynes BC becomes a unitary authority. Instead of retaining support for 70% of its present present budget, county councillors have been told government will pay grant on only 64%.
This adds up to a £23m shortfall next year, almost £15m of which will have to come from education. Social services have already said it will have to find £7.4m cuts.
In previous cutbacks other departments like transportation and planning have taken the major reductions to leave the county's grammar school/secondary school system of education intact. This time education will have to take its full share and costs like the £6.5m school transport budget could be a fatality.
Overall, few parts of the schools' budget are likely to go untouched.