Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill
From Clapham & Brixton Hill, For Clapham & Brixton Hill

Please note: Parliament has now been dissolved until after the General Election, meaning I am no longer an MP.

Press release – Bell condemns “stealth cuts” to South London Schools

Apr 27, 2021 | Press Releases

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For immediate release – 27th April 2021

Bell has condemned the Government’s decision alter allocation for the pupil premium as a “stealth cut”, highlighting the £680,800 reduction to school funding in Lambeth this entails.1

Analysis conducted by Schools Week shows that an estimated additional 102,000 children became eligible for free school meals between last autumn and January this year.2

Primary schools receive £1,345 for every pupil who claims free school meals and secondary schools receive £955 for every pupil claiming free school meals.

However, the Government has recently confirmed that as of April 2021, the pupil premium will be calculated based on the number of eligible pupils recorded by schools in their October 2020 census..

Under this change, the Government will not provide schools with the extra funding to cover the many children who became eligible during the intervening months. 

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Member of Parliament for Streatham said: 

“Schools have really been struggling during the pandemic with the added costs of Covid, which they were largely left to meet by themselves.

“The Government’s stealth cuts to the pupil premium are quietly leaving children behind and leaving underfunded local schools to pick up the tab.

“Sadly, this is pretty typical of the Department for Education’s continued failings during the pandemic.

“They had to be shamed into feeding children over the school holidays. It’s clear they will have to be shamed into ensuring disadvantaged children receive the support they need to catch up too.” 

ENDS
 


Notes: 

  1. Labour FOI request to local authorities about the number of children on Free School Meals in October 2020 and January 2021:
Local authority Oct-20 FSM Jan-21 FSM Change % Change  Estimated funding for these pupils (£) 
City of London 36 43 19.44% 8050 
Hammersmith and Fulham 5,119 5,549 430 8.40% 494500 
Sutton 5,601 5,962 361 6.4% 415150 
Merton 5,769 6,223 454 7.9% 522100 
Bexley 6,640 7,121 481 7.2% 553150 
Camden 7,591 8,018 427 5.63% 491050 
Hounslow 7,632 8,155 523 6.9% 601450 
Brent 7,184 8,219 1,035 14.4% 1190250 
Haringey 8,126 8,690 564 6.94% 648600 
Hillingdon 8,830 9,930 1,100 12.46% 1265000 
Hackney 11,195 11,631 436 3.89% 501400 
Barking and Dagenham 10,685 11,681 996 9.3% 1145400 
Lambeth 11,387 11,979 592 5.20% 680800 
Lewisham 12,969 12,969 0.0% 
Southwark 13,173 14,286 1,113 8.45% 1279950 
Newham 15,875 17,352 1,477 9.3% 1698550 
Barnet 9,910 Not held 
TOTAL  147808 9,996  11495400 
  1. ‘Revealed: How much your area will lose from pupil premium funding change’Schools Week, (23 April 2021)
  2. Photos above of Bell on recent school visits.

For further information about this press release, please contact Ollie Collard, Communications Officer, Office of Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP at oliver.collard@parliament.uk.