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(UK) Yorkshire schools "costs rising at a faster rate than inflation"

Jan 5, 2020,Halifax [W. Yorkshire] Courier: Campaigners say Calderdale schools face 'an impossible task' after funding announcement https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/education/campaigners-say-calderdale-schools-face-an-impossible-task-after-funding-announcement-1-10182401 Calderdale campaigners claim 'an impossible task lies ahead' for schools in the new year with the education funding announcement made in the Queen's Speech. In the speech, the Queen said her ministers would “increase levels of funding per-pupil in every school” in order to “ensure every child has access to a high-quality education”. However Calderdale Against School Cuts spokesperson, Sue McMahon said: “An impossible task lies ahead for schools in the new year, as the funding announced in the Queen’s speech will not be enough to reverse the cuts and increase starting salaries for teachers. "We will see schools having to make deeper cuts next year because school costs are rising at a faster rate than inflation. "It is deeply worrying that there is no mention of any real funding for Special Educational Needs and disability (SEND) "The reality is four out of every five schools will be worse off next year than in 2015.” The criticism come on the back of figures that reveal that three-quarters of state-run secondary schools in Calderdale are spending more than they receive in funding, new figures reveal…. Department for Education data shows three of the four local authority-run secondary schools in Calderdale (75 per cent) finished the last financial year in deficit. … Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said it was "disturbing" so many schools are in deteriorating financial positions, given many had already made deep cuts. He said: "Throughout the election we warned that, under Conservative plans, schools will have £2 billion less spending power in 2020-21 than they did in 2015-16. "The stark reality of this is that even with additional money coming in from April 2020, the vast majority of schools will still be struggling to live within their means.…