27 Mar 17 – Hartlepool schools funding cuts show that the May government has nothing to do with fairness

The May government keeps saying a country that works for everyone but the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality. One of the best examples of this is the government’s approach to school funding. The government is going to cut school funding for the less well of northern areas that the Tories don’t control and spend more on the well of southern Tory heartlands.

Hartlepool schools will lose out on almost £900,000 of funding under new rules, says an education think-tank. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has analysed the impact of the new National Funding Formula for schools nationwide.

The figures show Hartlepool would receive £60,229,688, a cut of £873,225 on the current figure and the equivalent of a 1.4% budget cut. The EPI Policy Institute has looked at what the impact will be and who the winners and losers are. So while Hartlepool schools see cuts to school funding other areas such as Eastbourne won’t see a single school lose out in cash terms, the East Sussex area gets an increase of 2.5% and the Somerset area gets a 5.1% increase in funding the EPI claims. This is completely unfair and tells you the real agenda of this Tory government.

The EPI says there are unlikely to be any schools in England which will avoid a real terms cut in per pupil funding by 2019-20, and up to half of primary schools and around half of secondary schools will be faced with significant real cuts in funding per pupil of between 6 and 11 percent by 2019-20, the equivalent of losing almost two teachers across all primary schools and six across all secondary schools.

What the government should be doing is giving a fairness based funding formula which gives priority to the less well of areas the areas that need help the most. A good education can be the important start in life that helps build a child’s future. This government should not be cutting the educational ladder of opportunity away from the most disadvantaged they should be providing the means to help them achieve their full potential.

School funding should be funded on the basis of need, not the political territorial area you live in. I strongly urge the government to match their fine words with real action. A failure to meet this test will prove that this government isn’t interested in school funding fairness but simply their own political gain.

Phillip Broughton – UKIP Hartlepool General election candidate 2015

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