Government is ignoring Croydon’s school places shortage
Steve Reed MP has said that the Government must stop ignoring Croydon’s growing shortage for school places, and warned that further cuts to schools’ funding threatened to push education backwards in London.
Speaking in Parliament, Steve Reed said that Croydon’s funding per pupil is nearly £600 lower than the London average, putting Croydon schools at a serious financial disadvantage. Over the next five years, the number of children needing a place in a Croydon primary school is forecasted to grow at twice the London average.
MPs were discussing the Government’s proposed changes to the school funding formula, which threatens to cut funding for London’s children as part of a Tory plan to benefit wealthier shires outside the capital.
Education Minister Sam Gyimah MP agreed to meet with Mr Reed and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London to discuss how his proposals threaten London schools.
Speaking in the debate, Steve Reed said:
London’s schools could lose about £260 million a year from their budgets as a result of the Government’s proposed new funding formula, and some London boroughs are bracing themselves for a loss of up to 20% of funding at every school.
Cuts on that scale would push education backwards in the capital.
Croydon faces a huge demand for new primary school places that the Government cannot continue to ignore. They cannot exacerbate the problem by making funding changes that will further disadvantage children in our borough.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.