R4U opposes £2 million cuts to Uttlesford Secondary Schools

Residents for Uttlesford is opposing the more than £2 million funding cuts being forced onto Uttlesford schools by central government.

Anthony Gerard (R4U) Anthony Gerard (R4U)

Anthony Gerard, R4U’s prospective candidate for the ECC Stansted Division and spokesperson for education, said “All of our schools in Uttlesford are facing a funding crisis that will limit the quality of teaching, reduce the qualifications that our children obtain, and so limit their opportunities in life. Central government has announced new ‘funding formula’ proposals, which are really sweeping cuts to essential budgets which will force schools to increase class sizes and reduce teaching staff. They are trying to pretend that it is about the redistribution of budgets, but it’s not. According to a report published by ATL/NUT, in real-terms 98% of schools across the county are actually having their funding slashed by £3 billion in total. This number is also supported by the National Audit Office.”

“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 independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties.

R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In 2017 it achieved a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK in those elections.

R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U is also the majority party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.

4 thoughts on “R4U opposes £2 million cuts to Uttlesford Secondary Schools

  1. malcolm

    Thank you for highlighting this and promoting it as a significant issue. I have a question, and it is just that, a question. Is there any reason why parents cannot be charged voluntarily by the school to make up the difference? The School is excellent and I have two children in it, We are also in an relatively affluent area so a small charge would not be significant to many families but I assume very helpful towards the continued overall success of the school?

    • R4U

      Great question Malcolm. Most schools already accept donations. For example the SWCHS has a trust specifically for parents to donate to http://www.swchs.net/Fundraising, which many do. It would seem schools need to tread a fine line between raising the funds they need from those that can afford it without stigmatising those that can’t – after all access to education is free by law. It also becomes a slippery slope if there were a national policy for parents to co-pay for education…it would in effect be the end to free education for all and probably create a multi-tier system that would limit life opportunities for some.

  2. Daniel Brett

    ” 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? ”

    Aren’t these schools academies? If so, then Essex isn’t responsible because they are independent of local authority control.

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