Cllr Jacqi Hodgson, Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Totnes, has called upon Devon County Council to press the incoming Government to reverse the planned cuts to Devon school budgets.

29 May 2017

Cllr Jacqi Hodgson, Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Totnes, has called upon Devon County Council to press the incoming Government to reverse the planned cuts to Devon school budgets.

 

With schools across the Totnes Parliamentary Constituency area facing a total of more than £3.7m worth of funding cuts, Cllr Hodgson, who represents Totnes on Devon County Council, has asked for assurance that when the new Secretary of State for Education is in post after the general election on June 8, the council ask for the cuts to be reversed.

 

She said: 

 

“Our schools are at serious risk from these horrendous cuts, at a time when they are under immense pressure. Class sizes are growing and our teachers are reporting an increase stress, anxiety and panic attacks.The Green Party would properly fund our schools so real terms spending per pupil increases and is protected. 

 

“Parents across Totnes need the County Council to stand up for them and demand the new Government put a stop to these cuts which threaten the future of our children.”

 

Notes

 

These are the cuts imposed by the Conservative Government to hit local schools by 2020:

 

 

Kingsbridge Academy

-£716,162.00

Dartmouth Academy

-£592,141.00

Churston Ferrers Grammar School Academy

-£442,919.00

KEVICC

-£411,707.00

Brixham College

-£245,028.00

Kingsbridge Primary School

-£163,245.00

Dartington Primary

-£134,677.00

Stokenham Area Primary School

-£94,207.00

Eden Park Primary School Academy

-£91,831.00

The Grove School

-£87,686.00

St John’s Primary

-£79,189.00

Marldon Church of England Primary School

-£70,548.00

Brixham CofE Primary School

-£62,483.00

Furzeham Primary School

-£59,602.00

South Brent Primary School

-£58,618.00

Berry Pomeroy Parochial Church of England Primary School

-£49,993.00

St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Primary School, Dartmouth

-£42,751.00

Stoke Fleming Community Primary School

-£33,837.00

Broadhempston Village Primary School

-£33,809.00

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

-£31,628.00

Stoke Gabriel Primary school

-£27,338.00

Galmpton Church of England Primary School

-£25,966.00

Aveton Gifford CofE Primary School

-£24,951.00

East Allington Primary School

-£24,778.00

Kingswear Community Primary School

-£22,790.00

Blackawton Primary School

-£22,060.00

Loddiswell Primary school

-£21,223.00

Salcombe Primary School

-£20,416.00

Haberton Primary

-£16,051.00

Collaton St Mary

-£14,740.00

Landscove Church of England Primary School

-£12,005.00

TOTAL SCHOOL CUTS TOTNES CONSTITUENCY

-£3,734,379.00

 

The total estimated reduction across all schools in Devon in real terms by 2020, under current Conservative Government policies, is £39.6m. These include plans to reallocate school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and not increasing funding per pupil in line with inflation. [Source: schoolcuts.org.uk]

 

The Green Party’s Green Guarantee for this election makes a pledge to properly fund our schools so real term spending per pupil increases and is protected: www.greenparty.org.uk/green-guarantee/

 

 Jacqi’s question put forward for the agenda of the full Devon County Council meeting, which meets on Thursday 1st June 2017,  is:

 

“In light of the public outcry and concern regarding the cuts to education that will have a serious and detrimental affect on schools and education provision in Devon, please can assurance be given that when the new parliamentary cabinet has been appointed, Devon County Council will write to the new Minister for Education and request a review of the national proposals with a view to these cuts to LA education budgets being reversed?”