A 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
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.