Inflation will see real-terms cuts in every area but one, says NUT

Only one local authority area will see a real-terms increase in schools funding a forecast of possible new fairer funding arrangements has predicted.

The stark picture is down to rises in inflation, which the analysis claims will wipe out any benefits that schools may see from protected school budgets and a fairer funding settlement.

Schools that are already set to lose out under the fairer funding reforms will be hit doubly hard by the inflation rises, it says.

The analysis, carried out by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), says that out of 151 local authority areas, only Barnsley will come out positively – predicting a 1.8 per cent rise in its funding.

Other areas face real-terms cuts, ranging from two per cent to as much as 10 and even 20 per cent in some places.

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