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A Cambridge parent with two children at Parkside secondary school, one of the Parkside Federation schools, has issued his own plea for all parents to support the school after it wrote to them about what it described as a 'school funding crisis' and has won the support of Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge.

Professor Nick Gay, a fellow of Christs College, is urging parents to reply to the government's consultation on Fair Funding for Schools which closes on 22 March. He said: "Like all parents, I have long supported the campaign for Fairer Funding for Cambridgeshire schools because the current funding formula means that our schools lose out compared to other local authorities and until 2015 received the lowest level of funding of any local authority in the whole country. Even now they are still in the bottom 10% of local authorities nationally. The government's promise to reform the National Funding Formula brought real hope that this would change.

I was dismayed to receive a letter from the school last week saying that not only would the proposed changes fail to address the unfair funding formula but also that the school was facing real term cuts of 8% over the next four years. Teaching unions have estimated that Parkside itself will lose up to £535 per pupil by 2019."

Professor Gay, who is planning to stand in Market ward for Labour in this year's County Council elections, added: " The school has told parents that they are reaching a financial breaking point and asked us to support them by replying to the government's consultation and make the case for our schools to be properly resourced. I urge every parent to help them fight for our children's education and make the government listen."

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said: "Cambridgeshire schools have long suffered from chronic underfunding and not only does the proposed new National Funding Formula fail to address this but our schools are also facing further deep cuts. I fully support Professor Gay's plea to parents to reply to the government consultation and make sure that that parents and schools speak with one powerful voice to tell the government that our schools must be better funded."

Parent's Plea to other Parents in Cambridgeshire Schools' Funding Crisis

A Cambridge parent with two children at Parkside secondary school, one of the Parkside Federation schools, has issued his own plea for all parents to support the school after it...

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has said that government proposals to change procurement rules applying to council contracts would restrict the City’s ability to act in the ‘social, moral and environmental best interests of residents and the wider community’ and it was vital to keep decision-making on procurement choices at a local level. Councillor Herbert was commenting on the government’s consultation on a proposed change in statutory guidance that would reduce the discretion councils have in making contracts, and make following the government’s foreign policies a requirement when buying goods or services.

Councillor Lewis Herbert said: “The City Council has just responded to a Government consultation on the issue and we have called for them not to proceed, but rather to allow councils and communities to make their own choices.  Labour Councillors think that Whitehall adding even more rules to control councils also contradicts devolution plans, which is all about greater freedom for Councils from unnecessary Government red tape.

We do not take part in any unethical or unjust practices of boycotting or discriminating against organisations, countries or individuals. However, it is right that as councils did in pressing for changes in ending apartheid in South Africa, that we can sometimes use our buying power as our residents want us to.

Our message to the government is that we believe it is better to let councils make decisions that are in the best interest of the residents they serve. Councils are democratically elected and accountable to the local community. “

Councillor Herbert added:  “We should be able, when Cambridge feels strongly about the behaviour of an overseas country or major company to decline to buy from them, particularly when we judge their behaviour or ethics to be wrong and we have clear justification for such actions.”

City Council Leader says Councils Must be Trusted to make Local Procurement Decisions In Interests of Residents

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has said that government proposals to change procurement rules applying to council contracts would restrict the City’s ability to act in the...

Councillor Peter Roberts, the Labour run City Council’s Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and the City Centre, has welcomed the news that Cambridge has been awarded £426,000 from the Department of Transport to install new dedicated electric charging points for taxis.  

Councillor Roberts said: “ I am delighted that our bid to the Department of Transport for the funding for dedicated electric charging points was successful. Since we took control of the Council in 2014. we have been committed doing everything within our power to reduce emissions and improve the city’s air quality and this successful bid is a vindication of the strong measures we have already taken.

Those measures include moving our fleet towards electric powered equivalents and investing our own funding in additional electric vehicle rapid charge points to support the increased uptake of electric vehicles in Cambridge.  We are planning for charge points to be installed at busy locations across the city such as Addenbrookes and Cambridge Railway Station.  Alongside this we have introduced a low emission taxi policy and invested in an additional air quality support officer.”

Councillor Roberts added: “ We will continue to work pro-actively with other councils and partners such as the City Deal to tackle air pollution in the City.”

Environment Chief Welcomes City’s Success in New Funding for Electric Charging Points for Taxis

Councillor Peter Roberts, the Labour run City Council’s Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and the City Centre, has welcomed the news that Cambridge has been awarded £426,000 from the Department...

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