Richmond stands with councils to condemn Government education underfunding

Release Date: 08 April 2019

Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, joined over 30 councillors from across the country last week in presenting a letter to Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, to end the funding crisis in our schools.

The cross-party letter, organised by the National Education Union and signed by over 1,000 councillors, expresses concern about the desperate state of school funding in England and Wales.

In the letter, signatories urge the Government to invest more money in schools in the Spending Review this year to help meet the huge funding crisis across education, which is resulting in growing budget deficits, cuts in teaching staff, a reduction in some subject areas, and a poorer education for children.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (2) states that schools have suffered a cut of 8 per cent per pupil since 2010. The Education Policy Institute has said almost a third of all council-run secondary schools are now in deficit and, according to last year's Kreston UK report, eight in ten academies are in deficit.

Cllr Roberts said:
“The chronic underfunding of education is a national crisis, and in Richmond upon Thames this is particularly harshly felt in the delivery of special needs education.

“For many months we have been working with colleagues from across local government, as well as our local school community, to urge the Government to properly fund education and the letter delivered to Mr Hinds today reinforces those calls.

“Our residents, and particularly our SEND community, should know the Council is doing everything in its power to ensure you get a better funding deal from central government. And we will continue to fight for you at every opportunity.”

Join our call to get Damian Hinds MP to adequately fund special needs education in Richmond upon Thames.

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Reference: P107/19

Updated: 30 April 2019