Nottingham Labour

Parents to Have Their Say on £22 Million Tory Cut to Nottingham’s Schools 

Parents and carers of Nottingham school children are being asked to have their say on the Government’s proposal to slash funding for almost all Nottingham schools. The Conservative Government’s proposed method of funding directly targets schools in Nottingham for big budget cuts.

While our schools in Nottingham are set to lose over £22 million by 2019/20 in real terms, schools in some of the wealthiest areas of England are set to gain. Nottingham City Council is writing to parents to encourage them to take part in the Government’s consultation.

By targeting Nottingham, the Conservatives have demonstrated yet again that they don’t act in the interests of our children, our schools or our City.  This latest move quite simply takes money from children in Nottingham, only to hand it to wealthy, rural and mainly Conservative-voting shire areas. Other large cities, urban areas and areas with the highest levels of child poverty such as Birmingham and Manchester have been targeted in the same way.

Back in December the then Chief Inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw warned the Government that they must do more to tackle the growing gap in education outcomes for children in wealthy areas and lower outcomes for children in poorer parts of the midlands and the north of England. These proposed cuts show that, yet again, the Government is ignoring the advice and the evidence of education experts including the former Chief Inspector of schools.

The National Audit Office has said that the scale of the cuts mean that schools in England will have to reduce spending by £3 billion between now and 2019/20.

Looking at the latest funding formula we can predict that schools in Nottingham would have to deal with a real terms funding cut of over £22 million by 2019/20.

98% of Nottingham schools will receive lower funding under the new Tory school funding structure  (87 out of 89 schools).

Biggest real terms cut by 2019/20:

Secondary schools

Nottingham Academy: £1.7 million

Bluecoat Academy: £1.1 million

Ellis Guilford School: £930,000

Primary schools

Fernwood Primary School: £365,000

Southwark Primary School: £315,000

Ambleside Primary School: £311,000

The scale of the cuts, equivalent to £578 per pupil could result in staffing reductions in schools, larger class sizes and fewer resources.

It’s important that parents and carers of Nottingham’s school children have their say on the Government’s proposed funding cuts. You can do so by visiting the Nottingham City Council ‘have your say’ web page here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/schoolbudget 

Nottingham Labour will be fighting hard to stop the Government’s plan becoming reality, but we need your support. So give your views to the council or email us whatyouthink@nottinghamlabour.org.uk

Cllr Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills at Nottingham City Council

Letter to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Councillor Graham Chapman

 

Dear Secretary of State,

Re: Adult Social Care Funding

At Questions to the Prime Minister today, information came to light that an “arrangement” would be provided to Surrey County Council to help to mitigate their funding shortfall in Adult Social Care.

As you are aware, Surrey had proposed holding a referendum (now withdrawn) on a 15% increase in its Council Tax in order to deal with its funding gap in Adult Social Care.

Additional funding to help deal with the current crisis in Adult Social Care would of course be welcomed in Nottingham. However, we believe that any new funding should be distributed on the basis of need and through an equitable and transparent framework to all councils across the country.

We have already highlighted what we believe to be a lack of transparency over the £150m Transition funding last year where councils benefitting were amongst those which had received historically fewest reductions in Government grant. As a result, Surrey were given £12m, Hertfordshire £9m, Hampshire £8m and Essex £7m. However, cities like Nottingham, Leicester and Derby did not receive any of this funding.

Cities like Nottingham, along with most urban areas have taken the brunt of local government funding reductions and the demands on them, particularly for adult care, are higher than in other types of authorities, especially given their weaker tax base.

In Nottingham, we would expect the same “arrangement” as would appear to be on offer for Surrey and look forward to participating in the future funding distribution.

Yours faithfully,

Councillor Graham Chapman
Deputy Leader, Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Labour – Helping Nottingham People into Jobs and Apprenticeships

We’re pleased to announce up to 50 new apprenticeship vacancies at Labour-led Nottingham City Council. The new vacancies will be across all areas of the Council, including business administration, highways and HGV mechanics. The roles are open to Nottingham City residents.

Nottingham Labour is committed to supporting Nottingham people into jobs and training. In our 2015 manifesto we set out our ambition to ensure that every 18-24 year old in the City has a guarantee of a job, training or further education place. And we’ve made good progress so far.

The latest statistics show that the unemployment rate in Nottingham City has been falling faster than in every other major English city. Unemployment in Nottingham has fallen by 4.2% in the previous 12 months, whereas Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle have all seen increases in unemployment over the last year.

And there’s more good news when it comes to NEET levels. Nottingham has one of the lowest combined percentages of 16 and 17 year olds who are not in Employment, Education and Training (NEET), with the lowest ‘not known’ rate of all the core cities. ‘Not known’ is the number of 16-18 year olds whose post 16 outcome is unknown or not recorded.

Of the 2,728 site year olds who completed school Year 11 this summer:

  • 96.63 percent (2636) went into further education, employment and training
  • 2.82 percent (77) are NEET (not in education, employment or training)
  • 0.55 percent (15) are ‘not known’

To apply for the Nottingham City Council apprenticeships visit www.nottinghamjobs.com or telephone 0115 876 4508.

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills