Helen calls for proper schools funding ahead of Budget

I have been campaigning with parents, teachers and head teachers in Dulwich and West Norwood against the government’s damaging cuts to our schools.

We have excellent local schools, but the Tories are putting them at risk, forcing our schools to consider cutting teacher and teaching assistant posts, extra curricular activities and additional support for children who need it.

That’s why I’ve written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s Budget urging him to reverse the cuts to schools in my constituency and to ensure they are properly funded in the future.

The government’s own modelling shows that under the revised School Funding Formula every school in my constituency faces a real terms cut in funding every year going forward.

I will continue to stand up on behalf of my constituents on this issue and to press for the action on funding our schools so desperately need.

 

You can read my letter to the Chancellor below:

 

Dear Chancellor

 

I am writing to you ahead of next week’s Budget to raise my concerns about schools funding in my constituency.

 

This is a matter which constituents, teachers and governors raise with me on a regular basis and I am deeply concerned that the quality of education which schools in my constituency are able to continue to provide is being put at risk.

 

The recent changes announced to the School Funding Formula do not reverse any of the significant cuts that schools in my constituency have experienced to date, nor compensate for government policies such as changes to pension contributions and the impact of the apprenticeship levy.

 

Furthermore the government’s own modelling of the impact that the revised School Funding Formula will have on the schools in my constituency indicates that every school in my constituency faces a real terms cuts in funding every year going forward.

 

I urge you to use next week’s Budget to ensure that the cuts experienced to date my schools in my constituency are reversed and that future funding settlements keep pace with both inflation and other cost pressures.

Yours ever,


Helen Hayes MP


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