Prime Minister urged not to punish schools in deprived areas with cuts

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has called on Theresa May to scrap changes to the schools funding formula which would see budget cuts for schools in deprived areas like Tower Hamlets.

The Mayor made the call alongside 23 other local government leaders in a recent letter to the Guardian newspaper.

Writing in the letter, the 24 politicians highlighted the unfairness that if the new funding formula was adopted “children in England’s 30 most deprived local authority areas face a net loss of £245m a year, while the 30 least deprived areas gain £218m.”

The local government leaders called for the Prime Minister to “adopt the firm principle that no school in a deprived area should be worse off as a result of the formula. This principle is fundamental to making the formula fair, and is vital if we are to tackle injustice in modern Britain.”

Commenting on the letter Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived places in the country, yet our schools produce some truly amazing results. There is absolutely no doubt that social mobility and the life chances of young people in our borough would be harmed if Government goes ahead with these plans which do nothing but punish pupils from the poorest communities.”

The full text of the letter, published in the Guardian, can be found here.

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