Kevin Courtney Press Release for Fair Deal 4 Manchester Rally, February 25

Manchester City Council, local trade unions and community groups are coming together in Manchester on Saturday 25 February to highlight the devastating effects of cut backs to health, social care, and education, to the local community.

A torch-lit march will leave Castlefield Arena at 5pm, and after arriving at Albert Square, will hear calls for these basic services to be properly funded from a number of local and national figures, including Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, and Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. Other speakers will be confirmed.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT, said: “The Government is keen at every turn to define its new funding formula for schools as ‘fair funding’, but this is nonsense. It cannot be fair without new money. There is a gaping hole in the school budget and it is only set to increase through inflation and a rise in pupil numbers. The Government’s planned formula ensures that 98.5% of schools will see their funding per pupil fall in real terms. Every demographic of school is hit – rural schools, inner city schools, grammars, secondary moderns, academies, and faith schools. All will lose funding. There are no winners from the Government’s education policy, only losers and worse losers.”

John Morgan, Secretary of Manchester NUT, added “Here in Manchester we are already starting to see the effects, with large cuts planned to the Sensory Support Service, and a number of schools announcing re-organisations and planned redundancies just since January. This situation is guaranteed to worsen.”

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