School Cuts in Greater Manchester

Burnham calls on Prime Minister to abandon immoral raid on Greater Manchester school budgets

 

  • New figures show 99% of Greater Manchester schools face huge budgets cuts – with some losing over £1million
  • Every single secondary school in Manchester, Rochdale, Trafford and Wigan will see funding cut.
  • 57% will be even worse off under the Government’s new funding formula
  • Leigh MP demands a fair deal for Greater Manchester and urges other Mayoral candidates to back his call

 

Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, has launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister after new analysis shows the Government plans to slash school budgets across the city-region. 

With the Government’s proposed funding changes and a failure to keep school budgets in line with inflation 99%, of schools in Greater Manchester will be worse off. Some face cuts of more than £1million over three years, leading to widespread teacher redundancies. Those schools hardest hit are in Wigan, Manchester, Rochdale and Trafford.

Already schools are facing real term cuts because budgets have not kept in line with inflation. According to the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) the new Government funding proposals will mean the redistribution of a dangerously depleted pot. 

And new analysis by Andy Burnham has shown that for 57% of schools in Greater Manchester the situation is set to get even worse as a result of the Government’s new funding formula.

Now funding is distributed to schools using local formulas which take into account factors such as deprivation but the Government is proposing to introduce a new formula from next year. Burnham says the Government’s plans will hit some of the most disadvantaged parts of Greater Manchester the hardest.

  • Manchester - every one of Manchester’s 154 schools is set to lose out
  • Wigan - 106 in Wigan are set to lose out with just 12 gaining.
  • Rochdale - 56 schools in Rochdale will lose out with 25 gaining
  • Trafford – all 18 secondary schools in Trafford are set to lose out

Speaking today (Wednesday) at Prime Ministers Questions Burnham asked:

 

“When she came to office Theresa May, standing outside Downing Street and pledging to fight the ‘burning injustices’ in our society, rightly highlighted a real failure of our education system: ‘If you're a working-class boy, you're less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university,’ she said. 

 “I would like to ask the Prime Minister how on earth cutting the budget of every single secondary school in a borough like Wigan can do anything other than make that particular injustice a whole lot worse?” 

The National Audit Office predicts a £3billion real terms cut in funding for schools by 2020. This will result in 99% of schools in Greater Manchester losing money over the next three years. 

On top of that 57% of schools will lose cash under the Government’s new National Funding Formula. 

The NAHT says the Government must plug the £3billion gap before it pushes ahead with a new funding formula. It says school budgets are at breaking point and funding of our schools and children must be seen as an investment in the nation’s future and not a burden on the taxpayer. 

Following Prime Minister’s Questions, Burnham said: “These savage cuts will lead to teacher redundancies and bigger class sizes at schools in areas of high deprivation. Every secondary school in Wigan will be a loser under the new formula, with most schools throughout the whole of Greater Manchester hit very hard. 

“No wonder people are cynical about politics. On the one hand, we have Government ministers promising to build a ‘Northern Powerhouse’. Then, on the other, we have the Education Secretary taking a sledgehammer to the very foundations on which that powerhouse would stand. If these school cuts were to go ahead, they would cause profound damage to our skills base and the economic prospects of our young people.” 

Over the coming weeks, working with the other local MPs and councillors, Burnham intends to launch a campaign across Greater Manchester to support schools against the proposed funding cuts:  

“I don't think we can sit by and watch as the budget of every single secondary school in our region is cut by this Government. Sometimes issues are so important that everyone needs to take a stand and the education of our children and young people is in that category,” he said. 

 

Schools facing budget cuts under the Governments new funding proposals:

 

Borough

Number of secondary schools that lose out

Number that gain

Bolton

13

3

Bury

1

12

Manchester

24

0

Oldham

5

8

Rochdale

12

0

Salford

2

12

Stockport

4

9

Tameside

6

9

Trafford

18

0

Wigan

18

0

 

Borough

Number of primary schools that lose out

Number that gain

Bolton

27

68

Bury

22

41

Manchester

130

0

Oldham

49

37

Rochdale

44

25

Salford

27

46

Stockport

31

51

Tameside

37

37

Trafford

17

50

Wigan

88

12