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Education, education, education. Smith opposes school budgets cuts


Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017
Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017
Chris Satori


Labour Parliamentary candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood Cat Smith has promised to oppose cuts to local school budgets if re-elected on June 8th. The local candidate, who has previously written to the Secretary of State for Education demanding an end to school cuts, has backed the School Cuts campaign pledge opposing cuts to the funding per pupil in Lancaster and Fleetwood compared to 2015/16.

As we reported earlier this month, Government changes to the way school budgets are calculated will result in a loss of £76,261,093 to the Lancashire schools budget by 2019 - equivalent to -£496 per pupil  or the loss of 2047 teachers. 

Local schools threatened with heavy losses

All schools nationwide will lose out, but most schools in our Lancaster & Morecambe area will actually see much greater than average losses by 2019:

Ripley St Thomas faces a whopping -£825,829 budget cut, Morecambe Community School faces a -£775,273 cut and Heysham High a loss of -£478,755. Bowerham Primary & Nursery School is set to lose -£149,531, Ridge Community Primary School -£149,666 and Moorside Primary School -£176,907, to name but a few. You can find out how each individual school is affected at

Earlier this month parents, teachers and children held a march and rally in Lancaster organised by Lancaster & Morecambe Primary headteachers, protesting against the way cuts of this magnitude will impoverish the level of state education available to children.

Speaking on the subject Cat Smith said “The proposed cuts to per pupil funding by the Government have caused serious concerns locally. I have been contacted by many schools and worried parents in recent weeks and months understandably troubled at the impact which these cuts will have on children’s education. Many schools have made significant savings in previous years and there is simply nothing left to cut without harming our children’s futures.”

“The Tories are now desperately trying to back-peddle on this issue but think a fair way to fund schools is by taking free school meals away from our 5, 6 and 7 year olds. In contrast Labour will provide free school meals for all 98,794 primary school children in Lancashire. It is only Labour that has a plan to reverse Tory cuts, fund our schools, reduce class sizes and improve standards.”