School funding formula takes from the poor and gives to rich, says UNISON 

NAO report finds funding cuts for most deprived schools

Responding to a National Audit Office report published today (Friday) that found real-terms cuts in funding for some of the country’s most deprived schools, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said:  

“Despite promises to level up education funding, the government has acted like Robin Hood in reverse, taking from the poor and giving to the rich. 

“The chronic funding gaps that schools face are clear. Any cuts affecting the country’s most vulnerable children are simply going to make existing inequalities even worse.  

“This funding formula must be reviewed and overhauled immediately. Money should be allocated based on educational need.” 

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, private and community sectors.

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