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Cities fear school funding cuts will hinder growth

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London Councils and Core Cities UK are alerting Government to the damage school funding cuts could do to city growth and development.

London Councils and Core Cities UK represent local authorities in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
 
In a joint letter to Justine Greening MP, the Education Secretary, both groups have urged government to invest £335 million nationally to enable the new funding formula to be introduced without any funding cuts to any schools in the country. 

They fear that squeezing local school budgets will affect the quality of education children receive, starve businesses of skilled employees and ultimately damage the prospects of the UK economy.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Core Cities UK said:

“Together London Councils and the Core Cities represent areas that drive 50 per cent of the UK economy, which is why we are urging government to recognise that reducing funding for our schools will deal a huge blow to growth and productivity. If we do not act now, local labour markets in the UK’s most productive cities will not have access to the right mix of skills to attract and retain business.” 

Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Chair of London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, said:

“Transforming school performance requires both leadership and investment, which is why we are calling on government to find an additional £335 million to ensure no school loses out as a result of the national funding formula. Finding additional resources can be a challenge, but failing to invest in schools now will have a range of damaging consequences, not only on young people themselves but on the cities they live in too.”

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Notes to editors

London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. It also runs a number of direct services for member authorities including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge. It also runs an independent parking appeals service and a pan-London grants programme for voluntary organisations.

Core Cities UK is a unique and united local authority voice to promote the role of our cities in driving economic growth and the case for city devolution. It represents the councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London along with Glasgow and Cardiff.