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Children To Pay Price of Cuts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Ill-thought out strategy shows Tories ‘know the price of everything and the value of nothing’, according to union.

Children will pay the inevitable price when an estimated £3billion is slashed from school budgets, says GMB.

State schools in England will have to find a massive £3bn in savings by 2019-20 according to the National Audit Office (NAO). [1]

Around 60 per cent of secondary schools already have deficits – and all schools will now face a further eight per cent cut in their budget.

A new funding formula set to be announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening today will see 10,000 schools gaining money and similar numbers losing out.

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Schools Organiser, said:

“Our education system needs real investment for all schools.

“The government has the wrong strategy yet again - this robbing Peter to pay Paul policy does not work in education and it is our children who will suffer.

“GMB support staff, our hidden professionals in schools, are already struggling to juggle the demands that are asked of them and face further pressure if budgets are squeezed.

“This government, and this education secretary, have repeatedly demonstrated that, where education is concerned, they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”


Notes to editors:

Contact Sharon Wilde on 07957266772 or at


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