Funding children’s education in Kingston has reached crisis point.
Last week, a deeply concerning letter was sent to local headteachers from Kingston Council confirming the dire situation Kingston’s schools and wider education budgets are now in.
Due to incompetence and underfunding by both Kingston’s Tory-run council and Conservative Government Ministers, the Dedicated Schools Grant fund in Kingston has a huge £11 million cumulative deficit.
The Council’s letter suggests ways to tackle it: many that would threaten the basic budgets of all local schools in Kingston.
The Leader of Kingston Council admits he doesn’t even know why Kingston's budget problems are worse than the rest of London.
Ed Davey MP added, "Speaking to headteachers, they are alarmed. They are worried that schools' reserves will be used to pay off some of this £11 million deficit – and that core schools’ funding will be clawed back by the Council.
Schools have been encouraged to build reserves by carefully managing their budgets. Now these may be raided as a one-off grab to pay off just some of the Council’s debts: this is simply not fair.
Frustratingly, the Chancellor’s recent Budget ignored our calls to turn this around, and give schools the cash boost they desperately need.
So we have to redouble our campaigns. We need a fair funding deal for Kingston’s schools. I am backing Kingston’s Headteachers – are you?"