Newport City Council’s final budget will be discussed by the Cabinet on February 20th. In the meantime there has been much speculation about the effect on local schools. Councillor Gail Giles, Cabinet Member for Education and council officers have put this into context in a Council Press Release:
School funding 2017/18
Newport City Council is considering savings proposals totalling nearly £3.5 million as it looks to close a budget gap of over £5 million in the next financial year.
The council has seen a real term reduction of 0.7 per cent to its Revenue Settlement Grant from Welsh Government and is expecting further cuts in the coming years. This grant accounts for around 80 per cent of the council’s budget.
All budget proposals for 2017/18 are still in draft form. Following an extensive consultation process with the public, partners and other organisations, Cabinet will consider all feedback received when they meet on 20 February before making any final recommendations to full council.
Councillor Gail Giles, Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, said: “Providing excellent education for all our students is of course a major priority for the council. Additional funding has been consistently given to schools over the last few years – either meeting or exceeding the level of the Welsh Government pledge – and we support them wherever possible to best manage the resources available to them.
“We have received a number of representations relating to the forthcoming year’s budget and we are considering them very carefully before making any final decisions.”