The following show the potential impacts of funding cuts across the country:
Cheshire schools ‘facing four day week’
Schoolchildren in Cheshire face the prospect of a four-day week because of a shortage in funding, a group of local head teachers have said. The school principals also warned some subjects could be scrapped, while teaching assistants and mental health support workers could face redundancy under the proposed shake-up of the school funding formula. The new formula will mean less money for schools in big cities, which have traditionally received higher levels of funding, and analysis carried out by Cheshire East Council and head teachers in the borough, says that means overall school spending would be cut by 2.1% in the region, taking the basic level of funding per pupil to the lowest in England.
Small rural schools could lose funding
Analysis of official figures suggests 40% of small rural schools could lose funding under the proposed Government formula aimed at provision tied to a ‘sparsity’ factor. But critics say not enough weight has been given to the measure which could be influenced, for example, by the ‘mobility’ of immigrant or traveller communities. Paul Carter, chair of the County Councils Network, and Conservative leader of Kent County Council, said his members have “major concerns” about the formula. “I think the intent was honourable but it needs re-thinking,” he said.
The Daily Telegraph, Page: 14
Field sales to fund care gap
Councils are selling two school playing fields a month to plug the gap in social care funding, the Sun reports. Figures released by Whitehall suggest that 25 school sports fields were sold in 2016, more than double the totals in 2010 and 2011, and 145 school playing fields have been sold since 2010. The Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron said: “Councils are selling off the family silver to plug their funding gaps and pay for social care,” adding that local authorities shouldn’t be made to “choose between our children’s future or caring for the vulnerable.”
The Sun, Page: 2