Mark Whitehead 28 September 2018

Schools to suffer ‘real terms cuts’, council chiefs warn

The latest spending plans show schools will suffer real terms cuts in funding, local government leaders have warned.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the Local Government Association’s children and young people board, said this could have an impact on the quality of education in the classroom.

She said the Government should provide greater certainty by introducing three-year budgets and making sure every school is adequately funded.

Planned spending on education by local authorities in England will rise from an average £4,475 last year to £4,647 next year, not taking account of inflation, according to Government figures.

The Department for Education said total planned spend by local authorities on schools, education, children and young people’s services for 2018-19 is £55.7bn, a 3.7% increase not taking account of inflation.

Cllr Bramble said: 'Schools will see a real terms cut in funding between 2015 and 2019, and councils share concerns over the possible impact this will have on the quality of education children receive.

'To make sure every school is adequately funded, the Government should provide greater certainty over future funding by introducing three-year budgets, and ensure that the overall level is sufficient for all schools.

'It should also allow councils to be able to work with schools to set budgets that reflect local need.'

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