Labour councillors expose impact of £23m cuts on individual Barnet schools

  • Barnet schools to lose average £497 per pupil which is equivalent to 622 teachers
  • National Funding Formula, cash freeze on funding per pupil & 75% cut to Education Services Grant to blame
  • Breakdown of estimated cuts to each Barnet school to be debated at 31 January Full Council

Labour councillors have exposed the impact that £23,181,571 of funding cuts could have on each Barnet school if the Conservative government implements its plan for a new National Funding Formula in April 2018, together with the cash freeze on funding per pupil and the 75 per cent cut to Education Services Grant that have already been announced.

The detailed figures, calculated by the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers, would mean an average cut of £497 per pupil or a loss of 622 teachers in Barnet by 2019.

The breakdown of cuts by Barnet school are published in a Labour motion on the subject to be debated at the 31 January Full Council meeting. 

Labour councillors have been raising the impact that the National Funding Formula and other funding cuts would have on Barnet's schools for a year, and secured agreement from the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee (CELS)  in June that the Chair of the Committee would write to the Secretary of State for Education lobbying against these cuts. 

Labour are now demanding that this letter is published together with the details of any response from the Secretary of State.

They are also asking for the Barnet Conservatives to join Labour councillors in calling for the Government to commit to the additional funding needed to implement a national funding formula which increases funding for schools and academies in comparatively poorer funded areas of England without cutting funding per pupil for other schools.

Labour's Education Spokesperson, Cllr Anne Hutton said "The impact of these cuts would be devastating to local schools and the children attending them.

"We have already been told by several head teachers that their schools are in an unsustainable position financially and there is no slack in their budgets to cope with further cuts.

"Even Conservative councillors on the CELS committee have admitted that Barnet's schools are facing potential funding cuts under the new formula, so now is the time for them to actually take a stand and do something publicly about this by supporting my motion and the action it proposes."

Ends.

Notes:

1. A copy of Cllr Hutton's motion together with the breakdown of the estimated impact of funding changes on each Barnet school can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s37485/Opposition%20motion%20in%20the%20name%20of%20Cllr%20Anne%20Hutton%20-%20Impact%20of%20National%20Funding%20Formula%20on%20Barnets%20s.pdf

2. For details of the calculations by the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers see: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/method

3. For more on this issue from Barnet Labour see:

http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/barnet_labour_secures_cross_party_agreement_to_lobby_against

http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/barnet_schools_could_lose_20m_under_national_funding_formulas

For more information contact Cllr Anne Hutton: cllr.a.hutton@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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