by Anlaby and Anlaby Common (Tranby Ward) Local Government Candidate Dermot Rathbone
I am extremely concerned about the Tory Council in East Riding not sticking up for the area when it comes to fair funding for our local schools.
This is an historic issue for our area and the result is that today the National Union of Teachers is being forced to consider industrial action to defend standards in our East Riding schools.
Due to funding cuts dozens of staff are facing redundancy in cash-starved East Riding schools, which are now the worst-funded out of 150 authorities nationwide.
More than 60 jobs, including at least 37 teaching jobs and 27 support jobs, are at risk according to the NUT.
Eight of the area’s 18 secondary schools and at least five primary schools are understood to be planning redundancies.
According to the Hull Daily Mail, “The unprecedented number of redundancies will be a first wave of job cuts in the East Riding, with almost 100 of the area’s schools expected to be £25m in the red within three years.”
Having being directly involved in education in a variety of roles for the last 25 years I have seen firsthand how Tory administrations, both a national and local level are a negative influence.
When Labour was in Government our schools received unprecedented attention both financially and with the aspiration to drive up standards and outcomes for all our young people.
The fact that the East Riding comes bottom in the per pupil funding stakes shows how complacent our Tory Council and local MPs have been on this issue for many, many years. That’s why we need as many people to vote Labour as possible in May so that we can make the Council open and transparent on this and many other issues that affect our residents.