MP speaks out against school cuts as parents are asked to step in and help out

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19 Feb 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has spoken out against cuts to schools funding as figures obtained from the National Education Union (NEU) show that 96% of schools in Wirral West have suffered government cuts to per-pupil funding since 2015.

At schools in Wirral West, between 2015/16 and 2018/19, income per-pupil in real terms dropped by £109 from £4,685 to £4,576. Over the same period, there was an increase in the number of school pupils in Wirral West from 11,718 to 12,357.

The NEU figures show that, across the country, schools have lost out on £5.1bn in real terms cuts to per pupil funding since 2015. The average cut made to primary school budgets is £45,400 per year, while for secondary schools the figure is £185,200.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“The figures from the National Education Union about cuts to school funding are really shocking.

“Schools in Wirral West are facing financial uncertainty, and parents are being asked to step in and help out.

“As a former school teacher I know just how important funding is to the successful running of any school and the quality of education that pupils receive.

“The government needs to address the funding crisis as a matter of urgency to make sure that pupils do not miss out.

“I will be writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of this year’s spending review to argue the case for fairer funding for schools in Wirral West.”

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