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Have your say on reductions to London schools' funding

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London Councils is urging Londoners to have their say on government proposals to change the way schools are funded, before time runs out.

The consultation on the new National Funding Formula for schools closes on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

According to London Councils, more than 1,500 schools across the capital will lose a total of £19 million per year when the changes are introduced.

Cllr Peter John OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive member with responsibility for education, said:

“Time is running out for Londoners to find out how Government plans to change funding for schools will affect their local community. With 70 per cent of schools in the capital facing cuts as a result of these reforms, it is an important issue.

“I urge everyone with a stake in the future of London’s education system to speak to headteachers, their MP and their borough so that they understand the impact this will have on school standards and teaching staff in their area. 

“Armed with this knowledge, parents, business owners, community groups and other interested parties will be able to take action and either write to their MP or respond to the consultation themselves.”

London Councils is calling on Government to invest an extra £335 million, which is just 1 per cent of the total funding schools currently receive, to ensure no school in England faces a budget cut when these changes are introduced. 

A variety of resources about the National Funding Formula and its impact on London schools can be found here: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/schoolsfunding.

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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.

The Government is currently consulting on a new National Funding Formula for schools, which will change the way funding is allocated from April 2018 onwards. London Councils’ analysis shows that 70 per cent of schools in London will experience budget cuts when the formula is introduced. To find out more about the consultation, visit https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/.