No new money to halt closures

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East Riding Councillors have said there is very little fresh hope for the future of threatened schools at Langtoft and Gembling - despite changes in the way such establishments are funded.

The local authority as has announced its intention to shut both schools as part of cost cutting measures.

A glimmer of hope centred on recent announcements about a change in funding regulation by The Department for Education to allow rural authorities the ability to introduce a ‘sparsity factor’ into the funding to small rural schools.

But this has been labelled as being misleading and disappointing by Councillors Jane Evison and Jonathan Owen, ward councils representing Gembling and Langtoft. The pair have said that as far as they are concerned there will be no new money coming into the East Riding and the situation regarding funding for the county’s rural schools remains the same.

Coun Evison said: “I am sure the spirits of parents and residents from Gembling and Langtoft will have been raised by the statement made recently regards a ‘ sparsity factor’ for funding rural schools, as were ours. However with the enquiries we have made it would appear there is no new money coming into the area.“

Coun Owen added: “Although the changes now allow local authorities to give a different lump sum to primary schools as opposed to secondary schools, there is no additional money for local authorities and the same amount still has to be shared around. We still remain one of the worst funded authorities in the country”