Residents for Uttlesford is opposing the more than £2 million funding cuts being forced onto Uttlesford schools by central government.
“The ATL/NUT analysis indicates that under the government’s proposals the four Uttlesford secondary schools are likely to face £2 million in additional cuts by 2020. Saffron Walden County High could see nearly £1 million removed from its funding, which is 14%. To put it into context, that is the equivalent of sacking 25 teachers or a reduction of £657 per pupil of essential funding. In Dunmow, Helena Romanes could see cuts of £500,000, and Newport’s Joyce Frankland and Stansted Forest Hall another £500,000 between them. R4U opposes these reductions.”
“These cuts follow 5 years of already reduced funding. Essex County Council is responsible for education locally. Seventy-two pence in every pound of our council tax goes to them – and they even put it up by nearly 4% last year, yet where is our money for our schools? Current Essex County Councillor for Stansted Ray Gooding is responsible for education in Essex but so far he has remained silent on these severe cuts and the previous ones. What if anything does ECC proposes to do about these cuts for Uttlesford families? We urge residents to find out about the cuts proposed to their secondary and primary schools at www.schoolcuts.org.uk.”
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues local residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.
Uttlesford residents achieved their first election gains in 2013 and have been increasing their voter share ever since. R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 they became the second party in Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. The party is the fastest growing local political movement in the area. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship, the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.
R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.