Sadiq Khan and Lewisham Labour have called on the Government to come clean over huge planned cuts to school funding in London that threaten a ‘catastrophe’ for education in the capital.
With the Government planning to change the formula for school funding, London Councils have calculated that Lewisham will face a cut of 10% in education funding per pupil – one of the largest cuts in the country. London as a whole will lose a total of £260m; equivalent to 6,253 full-time teachers or 12,309 full-time teaching assistants.
The cuts would move money away from children in poorer parts of the country to wealthy areas. The announcement of the cuts has been postponed until after the Mayoral election in May in a bid to prevent it derailing the faltering Tory campaign.
Under the Labour, schools in London were transformed, becoming the best in the country. These cuts risk reversing this progress and disadvantaging children in the poorest parts of the country. Lewisham has the 4th best primary schools in the country and we are committed to improving our secondary schools. These savage cuts would make that much more difficult.
Cllr Paul Maslin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said; ‘The Tories are shifting money away from schools in Lewisham and other poorer areas to their own communities. This massive cut in education funding risks pushing social mobility into reverse, hitting the poorest hardest.’
Cllr Hilary Moore, Chair of Children and Young People Select Committee said; ‘I’ve worked in education for many years and I saw the difference Labour made, improving schools in London and across the country. These savage cuts threaten that. The Government must think again.’
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London said ‘a great state school education gave me the opportunity to fulfil my potential when I was growing up. But the level of cuts being predicted for London’s schools put that at risk for the next generation of Londoners.
‘Schools in London improved rapidly under the last Labour Government, but cuts on this scale will put that at risk. They could spell catastrophe for schools across London.
The Government need to come clean immediately about the full scale of their plans to cut schools funding for London. They should publish those plans now and let Londoners see what they have planned – otherwise they risk concerns that they are holding detail back until after the Mayoral election.’