Greenwich Council

Decision details.

Motion - “Education Cuts”

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Resolved –


This Council condemns the far-reaching and damaging government cuts to schools funding, cuts that will impact the life chances of children and young people across Greenwich.


76 out of 82 Greenwich schools will lose funding as a result of the Government's current proposals, with Greenwich schools seeing a loss of £700 per pupil.


Council notes that the average one form entry school in the Borough will see a reduction in funding of up to £126k - the equivalent of losing 3 out of an average of 7 teaching staff.


These cuts, along with increased costs and financial pressures for schools, will result in losses of up to of 15% per school in this borough until 2020.


Council notes with frustration that the government has chosen to cut the ‘basic needs funding’ for Greenwich – money that is used to provide school places - from £26million to £4.6million at a time when pressure on school places has never been greater.


Council notes that the Education Service Grants has been reduced from £3.2m to £600k which will frustrate the local authority’s ability to provide services to schools and therefore add further pressures to our schools’ budgets.


Council calls upon the Conservative government to withdraw these unfair proposals immediately.


Council commits to work with other boroughs, schools, trade unions and parents to lobby the government to reverse these punitive funding cuts and ensure that all Greenwich children are given the very best start in life.


Publication date: 30/03/2017

Date of decision: 29/03/2017

Decided at meeting: 29/03/2017 - Council

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