This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Lisa Brett of Walcot ward was originally published in the Western Daily Press on 7 March 2016 and in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.
This Government's cash freeze on schools funding is a serious threat to our children's education, particularly when schools are facing a worrying 4.4 per cent increase in their pay bill (one per cent pay increase and 3.4 per cent increase in NI). This cash freeze combined with increased pay bill will inevitably force local schools to cut staff.
Local parents should not expect any help from Conservative-run B&NES Council. The 2016-17 council budget, adopted recently, offered no extra support to schools in meeting these costs.
The Cabinet member for Children and Young People responded to my concerns saying that they did not concur with his opinion and that he would not be willing to pursue this matter with central government.
He then went on to say that, in his opinion, school standards in this country fall well below those in almost all other developed countries. I think that most teachers and parents locally would very much disagree with this unhelpful statement.
As Cabinet member, Councillor Evans should be standing up for local schools, not doing them down.
Councillor Lisa Brett
Liberal Democrat Councillor, Walcot
Chair, B&NES Children & Young People's Policy Development & Scrutiny Panel