East Riding must resist cuts to schools at all costs

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Campaigners have warned that more than 20 East Riding schools face closure following a spending revew by the Chancellor of Exchequer.

They say that recent library and school closures are only a taster of what is to come.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet this week approved the closure next month of the 16-pupil Langtoft Primary and 26-pupil Gembling Primary. Closure-threatened Dunswell Primary School, with 88 pupils, has been given a lifeline after the Government agreed it could be taken under the wing of Swanland Primary School Academy Trust but it will also shut next July next year if its conversion falters in any way.

Beverley and Holderness Labour Party Spokesman George McManus said: “The cuts announced are devastating, with both East Riding and Hull City Councils facing massive spending cuts. In the East Riding my main concern is for the 20 smallest schools with less than 100 pupils. Teachers, parents and governors across the East Riding are facing cuts to budgets or closure. And there are additional pressures. The recent announcement by the East Riding that it has no responsibility to educate pupils from Hull must call into question the future of Wawne and Bilton schools. The Tories in East Riding Council need to stand up to their leaders. East Riding must resist these cuts at all costs.”