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Labour slams Conservative maths bungle that will leave schools in Hull West and Hessle worse off next year

Labour today lambasted the “the Conservatives’ staggering mathematical incompetence” which will see schools in Hull West and Hessle lose £611,151 next year.

The Department for Education last month admitted to miscalculating the amounts of funding due to be granted to state schools in England next year, copping to a £370m error in the information they gave schools in July.

Analysis of updated funding figures released today by Labour has found that schools in Hull West and Hessle will be on average £25,060 worse off or £53.17 per pupil down next year due to the Conservatives’ school budget maths bungle. Labour’s analysis found that:

  • Schools in Yorkshire and Humber region are set to be £38,723,155 worse off in total, more than the average cut of £37 million.
  • Schools in Hull town/city are set to be £1,964,321 worse off in total
  • Schools across East Riding of Yorkshire local authority area are set to be worse off by £2,173,492 in total

Labour said the latest gaffe at the Department for Education will cause yet more pain for schools already struggling to balance budgets after years of uncertainty over long-term funding and threatened to further weaken the relationship between local schools and families.

The Party said that trust in the schools system was already at breaking point due to the days of learning missed by children in recent years.

Labour pointed to the decisions taken by the Conservatives to open pubs before schools during covid, to prolong strike action by refusing to negotiate with trade unions and to cut funding for school rebuilding, leading to the dangerous RAAC concrete crisis which has affected hundreds of schools, causing many to shut their doors.

Shortly after revealing the error, Conservative Education Secretary Gillian Keegan raised eyebrows by claiming that her Party’s stunning by-election defeats in Mid Bedfordshire and Tamworth “did not show a swing to Labour”. The swing to Labour in Tamworth was 23.9 per cent, while the swing to Labour in Mid Bedfordshire was 20.5 per cent.

Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“Rishi Sunak wants young people to learn maths to 18, but he ought to get his own house in order first and teach Conservative Education Ministers how to count.

“Ministers’ staggering mathematical incompetence follows hot on the heels of disruption caused by the Conservatives which has pushed our schools to breaking point.

“It’s no wonder that the relationship between families, schools and government is at rock bottom – education simply isn’t a priority for the Conservatives.

“Labour’s priority will be to put education at the heart of national life again, and to rebuild the trust between schools, families and government so that we can drive high and rising standards in our classrooms, supporting children to achieve and thrive.

“We will start by recruiting 6,500 more teachers and put mental health counsellors in every secondary school, paid for by ending private schools’ tax breaks.”

 

Region Total Cuts (-)
East Mids £33,472,873
East of England £44,145,053
Inner London £8,363,169
Outer London £35,715,483
North East £18,512,167
North West £53,348,157
South East £61,715,181
South West £36,028,775
West Mids £42,599,135
Yorkshire and Humber £38,723,155
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