Scrap The Fair Funding Formula

Parents across Cheshire East will have been shocked and dismayed by the news that the Tory government was cutting funding for our schools to the lowest in the country. Head teachers already sending begging letters and considering redundancies will have been in despair.

The proposed funding cuts fall the deepest in Cheshire East. Our schools will become the most poorly funded schools in the country at just £4,122 per pupil. By 2019 Cheshire East’s schools will have lost nearly £25 Million of funding - the equivalent of 670 teachers’ salaries.

Liberal Democrats would protect school funding, from the early years through to college. We believe that education is the key to opportunity and fairness: the opportunity for people to achieve whatever they want to be; the fairness that comes from everyone having a decent start in life. There is nothing fair about these cuts.

With Liberal Democrats in government we delivered the pupil premium, extra help for those most in need in the years when it can do most good. And we brought in free school meals for the early years, because the evidence said kids who have a decent meal learn better in the afternoon.

Without Lib Dems to hold them to account the Tories have U-Turned on those promises, and abandoned our kids.  How can the local Tory MPs say they are fighting this when they never rebel in parliament, never hold the government to account?  It is clearly only the threat to these backbenchers in the election that has brought even the hint of a rethink.

In particular, David Rutley (Macclesfield) may have presented a petition from constituents to Parliament but on 25 January this year he voted in support of the school funding cuts, against a motion calling on the Government to ensure that all schools have the funding that they need.

Below is a list of cuts for every school in Tattton (source: www.schoolcuts.org.uk)
Lacey Green Primary Academy -£256,486
University of Chester Academy Northwich -£257,022
Knutsford Academy -£710,838
Knutsford Academy The Studio -£66,791
Nether Alderley Primary School -£45,649
Rudheath Primary Academy -£124,374
Peover Superior Endowed Primary School -£46,676
Gorsey Bank Primary School -£176,513
The Wilmslow Academy £0
Alderley Edge Community Primary School -£99,102
Styal Primary School -£71,932
Wilmslow Grange Community Primary and Nursery School -£146,659
Lindow Community Primary School -£92,138
Little Leigh Primary School -£70,200
Byley Primary School -£35,657
High Legh Primary School -£72,992
Egerton Primary School -£97,207
Comberbach Primary School -£91,216
Wincham Community Primary School -£163,307
Ashdene Primary School -£158,960
Bexton Primary School -£190,197
Manor Park School and Nursery -£105,506
Antrobus St Mark's CofE Primary School -£24,172
Little Bollington CofE Primary School -£58,893
Chelford CofE Primary School -£58,483
Mobberley CofE Primary School -£78,176
St Anne's Fulshaw C of E Primary School -£51,091
Lostock Gralam CofE Primary School -£103,372
St Benedict's Catholic Primary School -£87,635
Lower Peover CofE Primary School -£73,433
St Vincent's Catholic Primary School -£82,704
Wilmslow High School -£1,016,568
Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School -£178,129
Whitley Village School -£68,277
Great Budworth CofE Primary School -£65,186

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