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 The current system is outdated and inefficient, meaning that schools in areas such as Devon have not received their fair share of funding.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.”