School Cuts Shocker!

school_wbA recent National Audit Office Report has highlighted that by the end of the financial year 2019/20 funding for schools will have been reduced nationally by £3 billion, a cut that will effect 98% of schools.
This is in stark contrast with the Conservative’s 2015 manifesto pledge that “there will be a real-terms increase in the schools budget in the next Parliament.”
Here in Clitheroe it will affect all the school’s in our town. In total they will lose £1.147 million – the equivalent of losing 27 teachers.
Broken down it means cuts in real terms by 2020 as follows:
Clitheroe Royal Grammar £405,122 
Ribblesdale High £397,072
Edisford Primary £64,016
St. James £66,861
S. Michael & St. John’s £49,912
Brookside £41,545
Pendle £122,970
In addition Bowland High faces a £246,678 real terms cut and St Augustine’s Roman Catholic High School, a £357,364 real terms cut over the same period.
Cllr. Allan Knox said: “Put simply, this is outrageous! Clitheroe children and their parents want what is best for them, not a manifesto pledge one year, and a cut the next!
“That is why I am launching this petition to the Secretary of State for Education to demand that there will be a real terms increase in funding for schools in Clitheroe, as promised in the Tory manifesto.”

To sign the petition click here.

One thought on “School Cuts Shocker!

  1. nigel hunter says:

    I would not be surprised to see all these cuts, in all areas, being used to prop up the country after Brexit and/or dished out at the next election as sweeteners to vote Tory.

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