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Cash Crisis Hits Local Schools in Shoeburyness

April 30, 2017 4:37 PM
In Shoeburyness Focus: April/May 2017

Local schools are facing a quadruple whammy of budget cuts

  • Government will cut funds to schools in towns like Southend and give the money instead
    to other towns.
  • Government is cutting the grant to Southend Council for supporting schools' ICT equipment, music etc.
  • Government is not giving grants to cover unavoidable higher costs such as increased National Insurance and a tax to pay for apprenticeships.
  • Government funding has not taken account of the increasing number of children going through our schools.

This is what it will mean for local schools around Shoebury by 2019:

  • Shoeburyness High School will be short of £1,060,000 - enough to pay for 30 teachers.
  • Friars Primary School will be short of £283,000 - enough to pay for 9 teachers.
  • Richmond Avenue Primary School will be short of £245,000 - enough to pay for 7 teachers.
  • Hinguar Community Primary School will be short of £181,000 - enough to pay for 5 teachers.

Shoeburyness High School

Shoeburyness High School

Short of:

£1,060,000

Richmond Primary School

Richmond Avenue Primary School

Short of:

£283,000

Friars Primary School

Friars Primary School

Short of:

£245,000

Hinguar Primary School

Hinguar Primary School

Short of:

£181,000

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Over all, schools in Southend will be £13.6 million short, equal to 365 teachers' salaries.

Gav Spencer

Gav Spencer

Lib Dem candidate Gav Spencer says:

"Tory cuts are going much too far. Schools across the country are having to look at saving money by increasing class sizes, reducing the numbers of teachers and teaching assistants and reducing the quality of education."

Peter Gwizdala

Peter Gwizdala

Meanwhile, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East, Peter Gwizdala commented;

"Our children's future is more important than Tory political dogma. We are determined to fight these cuts locally and nationally."

From our Shoeburyness Focus April/May 2017:

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