20 Greater Manchester MPs representing 1.5 million people have written to the Education Secretary and Chancellor calling for fairer funding for our education system in next week’s Budget. You can read the letter below.
Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP
Secretary of State for Education
Department for Education
Great Smith Street
25th October 2018
Dear Secretary of State,
We are writing about the autumn budget and how it must deliver more funding for schools.
Since 2010, there has been an 8 per cent cut in real terms for per pupil funding. This has had an enormous impact on education, leaving our schools in crisis.
We call on you to support the following to urgently address the funding crisis.
- Reverse school cuts now
This academic year began with more cuts to education provision and staffing in schools. The budget must ensure that every school is guaranteed at least the same money per pupil, in real terms, as they did in 2015.
- New money from the Treasury
Existing Government plans mean real terms cuts in funding and education provision. The budget must provide genuinely new money for schools, not funds taken from other areas of education spending. At least £2.8 billion more is required every year just to maintain funding in real terms in the face of inflation, cost increases and rising pupil numbers.
- High needs, early years and post-16 education fairly funded
Funding must also be increased for high needs and early years pupils and post-16 students, who have suffered even bigger cuts since 2010.
- A five-year funding plan
With pupil numbers rising and costs increasing, schools need a guarantee of how much money they will receive for the next five years.
- Historic underfunding addressed
Schools in historically underfunded areas must receive extra by levelling them up to better funded areas. Fair funding won’t be achieved by taking money away from some schools to give to others. There must be enough new money to make a difference for every pupil, wherever they live.
- All pay rises fully funded and implemented
The Government must implement the recommendations of the independent School Teachers’ Review Body in full. The cost of pay awards and agreements for teachers, sixth form college tutors and support staff must be fully funded, so that schools and colleges are not forced to make cuts to give staff a pay rise.
We hope you will support these reasonable requests and ensure that our schools and staff receive the funding they need to ensure that all children and young people have the best possible education.
James Frith, MP for Bury North
Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley & Eccles South
Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East
Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield
Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport
Kate Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston
Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West & Royton
Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood & Middleton
Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton & Reddish
Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge & Hyde
Jo Platt, MP for Leigh
Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe & Sale East
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington
Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South
Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton
Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth
Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale
CC – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer