Funding cuts? No worries – Jill and Hugo will fix it!

Councillor Jill Elson responds to news that new “fairer funding” that will cut £79,000 from Exmouth College (and even bigger cuts at other East Devon schools):

Reacting to the ‘fairer funding’ proposals, college chair of governors Jill Elson said: “We are very disappointed at the loss of £79,000, because we were hoping for an increase, as Devon is one of the lower- funded councils and we have to find this from our budget.

“We are very concerned about the loss when we have been asked to increase our pupil numbers to 2,900 by 2020.”

And she writes to Swire, who responds:

“Mr Swire said: “I welcome that the Government is committed to reforming the school funding system. The current system is outdated and inefficient, meaning that schools in areas such as Devon have not received their fair share of funding.

“However, I am disappointed that, under the Government’s initial proposals, some schools in East Devon would lose funding.

“This would clearly be entirely unacceptable and I will be raising this matter in Parliament.

“It is important to remember that these proposals only mark the beginning of a lengthy consultation and I would encourage anyone with an interest in how our schools are funded to take part in this.”

One thought on “Funding cuts? No worries – Jill and Hugo will fix it!

  1. In other words, what Hugo is really saying is that he will mention it in parliament, but he is not expecting to have any effect – and if we want to change what is happening, the people have to get angry, get off their back-sides and get actively campaigning against these cuts.

    Of course, some of us remember Hugo’s election campaigning included throwing insults at Claire Wright saying that as an independent she wouldn’t have any influence. Oh ho, how fortunes have changed. Now it is Hugo who is admitting to having no influence, and I for one wonder whether the cuts would be happening at all if a few more independents like Claire had been elected and held the balance of power.

    Or indeed if, rather than concentrating on achieving tanned noses, Hugo and his Tory BACKBENCH colleagues had moral compasses and backbones and stood up for their constituents on a consistent basis, then perhaps the cuts wouldn’t be happening in the first place.


    This is, of course, the latest set of Tory proposals that are presented as a done deal (subject to sham consultations) – the BBC continues to be under attack if they dare to be critical of the government, the NHS is all but privatised, Academy Schools was just another phrase meaning privatisation, social care is in crisis, the NHS is in crisis, the prisons are in crisis, and now education is in crisis.

    As someone rather more famous that me once said, “I have a dream”. My personal dream is for East Devon residents to wake up to what is happening to England and to East Devon under Tory rule and stop voting like zombies for the Conservatives who are all apparently happy to spend huge sums of OUR money on vanity projects whilst cutting and outsourcing services and whose (hidden) agenda is to destroy British institutions and build over the beautiful East Devon countryside.


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