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East of England Liberal Democrats

Chelmsford schools face cuts of £8 million - and will there be enough places?

May 19, 2017 10:19 AM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

school signChelmsford schools face two worrying developments - across the board cuts in funding and a possible shortage of school places. Chelmsford schools face losing £8 million in total over the next two years. That amounts to anything between £400 and £800 per pupil, which means cuts in teacher numbers. See http://schoolcuts.org.uk

Chelmsford also faces a shortfall in the number of school places available. At a presentation attended by Lib Dem Stephen Robinson on 18th May, councillors were told that the Springfield area primary schools could be 65 places short by 2021 and 160 by 2026 - making the case for urgent progress with the proposed new schools.

A decision on a new primary school for Broomfield has been delayed for over three years. Commented Stephen Robinson. "With 800 houses already going ahead between Newlands Spring and Broomfield, and hundreds more considered up to 2036, it is vital that a decision is made on this soon."

More about school cuts under Conservative plans
Schools across Chelmsford are set to lose almost £8 million in funding by 2019 under the Conservative government's planned new national funding formula. On average, schools in Essex will receive £430 less per pupil - funding which is currently used to pay for teaching staff, educational resources, and to maintain school buildings.
This new funding formula introduced by the Conservatives will see both primary and secondary schools across Chelmsford suffering budget cuts. Amongst the worst affected, Chelmer Valley High School is expected to see a drop of £840 per pupil, or over £850,500 in total - a 14% reduction in its funding. Similarly, Hylands School is expected to receive £803 less per pupil, or over £475,500 in total - also a 14% reduction in its funding.
Lib Dem Stephen Robinson said, "The Conservative government is trying to call this a 'fairer' funding formula - but the facts are clear: their plans will strip our local schools of much-needed funding. The outcome is stark - by not sufficiently investing in education, the Conservatives are preventing our children from reaching their potential. I strongly believe in providing fair access to a high-quality education, which will ensure that children and young people in Chelmsford can achieve their ambitions. The Lib Dems' proposed extra £7 billion would ensure no school and no child loses out."
The Lib Dems have pledged to invest nearly £7 billion more in schools and colleges across the UK over the next Parliament. This funding would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, protect per-pupil funding in real terms, and ensure that every school gets the support it deserves.

Figures based on the www.SchoolCuts.org.uk site which has calculated its figures using the 2015/16 school funding allocations as a baseline, before taking into account per-pupil totals, proposed cuts to the Education Services Grant and a plan to introduce a National Funding Formula.

For more information on the Liberal Democrat plans for funding education, please view: http://www.libdems.org.uk/schools-bidgets-7-billion-liberal-democrats-plans