ISHERWOOD – FUNDING GAP BETWEEN SCHOOL PUPILS IN ENGLAND AND WALES DEMANDS URGENT ATTENTION PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 00:00
THE dire financial crisis facing schools throughout North Wales will not be solved until the funding gap between school pupils in England and Wales is addressed, according to a politician for the region.Welsh Conservative AM Mark Isherwood said it is appalling that the average budgeted spend per pupil on local authority education in Wales in 2008-09 was £5,192 - £496 per pupil lower than in England (£316 excluding London), and is extremely concerned that in most parts of North Wales it is even less.In Denbighshire it was £4,910 - £597 less than overall budget per pupil for England (excluding London)In Wrexham it was £4,905 - £602 less than overall budget per pupil for England (excluding London)In Flintshire it was £4,797 - £710 less than overall budget per pupil for England (excluding London)Flintshire also has the lowest budget per pupil delegated to schools in Wales (out of 22 Local Authorities), Wrexham is 20th out of 22 and Denbighshire is 15th out of 22. The gap between the highest budget per pupil delegated to schools in Wales (Ceredigion) and lowest (Flintshire) is £867 per pupil, with Wrexham £714 behind and Denbighshire £564 behind. Mr Isherwood said it is hardly surprising that schools in North Wales are now faced with deficits running into hundreds of thousand of pounds and are having to make redundancies and cuts in services.“Schools are facing growing budget pressures due to the Assembly Government’s failure to properly fund councils across Wales, and with the Labour-Plaid government likely to cut up to £500mn from public services next year this crisis could get even worse,” he said.“For years the Welsh Assembly Government has been warned of the funding gap between English pupils and pupils in Wales.“Such a gap disadvantages children in Wales, when at a time of recession we should be prioritising skills and education. A properly funded education system is vital for Wales’ economic future.” 
 

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