Cuts Watch #261: More cuts in children’s education services
Local news of how education cuts are affecting schools and education services keeps building. It was reported last week that Perry Street School in Billericay, which had been granted £800,000 by Essex County Council’s Early Years scheme to construct a new building, has had the new development put on hold.
“This new building really was the beacon for the future and it was going to help for the provision of special needs in the community.” said the Pre-School committee chairman.
Nursery World reports today that the Winter Gardens pre-school in Canvey Island will not be able to continue to operate if the capital funding is clawed back by the Department for Education. The pre-school that was awarded £800,000 from the Early Years Capital Grant scheme for a new building will be forced to close if the funding is withdrawn. Essex County Council has written to all providers, who were due to receive money under the scheme in August, telling them not to sign any new contracts because the Department for Education plans to claw back any funding where there is no signed contract with a builder.
In addition to this, the Leicester Mercury reports that more than 5 million worth of grants for education projects in Leicestershire have been cut by the Government. The county council has been told that cash promised by the previous Government earlier this year for schemes ranging from improving school internet access to teacher training has been withdrawn. Teaching unions have said the cuts will have an immediate impact on young people’s education.
One of the largest reductions is a cut of 2.6 million in the county’s Area Based Grant received from the Department of Education. A further 1.3 million has been cut from the Harnessing Technology Grant earmarked for improving broadband access. County education officers have warned the loss of the cash will leave schools with poorer internet connections.