Proposed Tory cuts to schools funding risk hitting Lewisham hard, Labour has warned. The National Audit Office recently announced that schools across the country could face a £3billion real terms cut by 2020, equivalent to 8% of their budgets. But Lewisham schools will be hit harder still.
The Government is proposing changes to the schools funding formula that will take even more money away from poorer inner-city areas like Lewisham. This could see or Schools losing a further 3% by 2020.
Cllr Paul Maslin, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said “Tory austerity has hit public services hard. Our schools are already seeing pressure on their budgets, and these cuts risk making things much worse. We're working closely with our schools to drive up standards. These Tory cuts will make this much more difficult.'
Cllr Hilary Moore, Chair of CYP Select Committee, said “It is clear from the experience across London that if sufficient resources are put into schools you can achieve real improvements for all pupils. But this Government is slashing funding for schools in the poorest communities. This government needs to start focusing on making real investment in education to ensure that every pupils get education they need.
“ Lewisham has some of the best primary schools in the county. While secondary schools are improving, more needs to be done, and the council has recently set up Lewisham Secondary Challenge to work with schools on driving up standards.