Independent body does the maths and says East Cambridgeshire schools face massive cuts to funding

PUBLISHED: 11:28 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 08 June 2017

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New toilets, improved outside areas and redecorated classrooms among 'immediate investments' to improve Ely College

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Schools in the Ely area could have hundreds of thousands of pounds slashed from their budgets if the Conservatives are voted back in, according to figures released by an independent body.

The statistics show that in the SE Cambs area a Tory Government would leave 43 out of 45 schools worse off per pupil.

The figures have been published on national website, School Cuts, backed by four teaching unions, and come from independent body, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

According to School Cuts, among the most badly hit schools in the Ely district would be:

• Stretham £494 less per pupil under Tory or £33 better off under Labour.

• Wilburton £462 less per pupil or £34 better off Labour.

• Witchford £389 less per pupil or £127 better off under Labour.

At the area’s secondary schools:

• Witchford Village College would be worse off by £389 under the Tories and £127 better off under Labour.

• Ely College would be worse off by £140 per pupil under the Tories and £240 better off under Labour.

• Soham Village college would be worse off by £280 per pupil and £150 better off under Labour.

All local schools will be better off under the Liberal Democrats - but to a slightly less extent.

Huw Jones, prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for SE Cambs, said: “Children only get one chance at education.

“Cambridgeshire has gone from 137th in the funding league to 130th. Our Tory MP has let us down.

“I have nothing but admiration for the professionalism and dedication of teachers, assistants and school leaders. amd I promise to hold John McDonnell’s feet to the fire to make sure Labour delivers the cash for Cambridgeshire schools.”

A spokesman at the IFS said the figures take account of inflation which means where Tories announce an extra four per cent funding per pupil, after inflation of seven per cent, it is a drop of three per cent, he said.

Cambridgeshire Tories say they’re delivering an extra £6m funding to county schools which currently have a total budget of £383m.

Conservative candidate Lucy Frazer has not as yet commented on the figures, but she has in the past promised to do her best to obtain better and fairer funding for the area’s schools and has discussed the issue with ministers. And has made it one of her top objectives if re-elected.

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