Liz Kendall, Labour’s candidate for Leicester West, today challenged her Conservative opponent to oppose his party’s plans to cut funding from local schools.
Conservative proposals to change the national school funding formula mean nine schools in Leicester West would lose £389,000 a year when the full formula goes ahead.
Funding would be cut from six primary schools in Leicester West including Barley Croft, Parks Primary, Braunstone Community Primary, Slater, Woodstock and Queensmead and from three secondary schools including Beaumont Leys, Fullhurst and New College.
The cuts could force schools to cut the number of teachers or support staff, increasing class sizes and reducing the amount of attention each child receives. Extra curricular activities like school trips and afterschool clubs could also be put at risk.
Liz Kendall has campaigned against these cuts since they were announced, raising the issue with the Education Secretary in Parliament and meeting with the Schools Minister to demand the Government changes its mind.
She said: “Conservative plans to cut money from our local schools are completely wrong. They will make it harder for children to get the skills and qualifications they need, and harm the future prosperity of our city.
“As a teacher, the Conservative candidate should know how damaging these cuts are and make clear he opposes them.
“The people of Leicester West need a strong local MP who will stand up for this area and always put their interests first. If I am re-elected on June 8th I will continue to oppose these damaging cuts, back our hard working heads and teachers and fight for more primary school places and high quality apprenticeships.”
Notes to Editors
- The nine Leicester West schools set to lose funding under Government plans (based on indicative figures from Leicester City Council) are: Barley Croft Primary School, Beaumont Leys School, Braunstone Community Primary School, Fullhurst Community College, New College Leicester, Parks Primary School, Queensmead Primary Academy, Slater Primary School and Woodstock Primary Academy.
- For more information on Liz Kendall’s campaign for Leicester West, please visit: www.lizkendall.org