This blog certainly congratulates Chris Hilliard and the late Graham Last for obtaining “assurances” from the DCSF that Wave 6 BSF funding will be available for Bedford Borough to the tune of £340M. This was a fantastic achievement on their part.
However, as the Mayor stated at last Wednesday’s Public Scrutiny meeting, BSF funding is not contingent on changing to 2-tier (please see comments below from Frank Branston though). Incidentally, this meeting was very well attended by members of the public – election candidates beware, this election is most certainly about education.
But will this funding exist after the next general election, which is set for next May at the latest?
Well, considering the country is bankrupt, and David Cameron has said he plans to “replace Labour’s spendaholic government with a new government of thrift”, maybe not.
Furthermore, Bedford College has just had last week £80M of funding withdrawn from the Learning & Skills Council for its redevlopment plans. Click here for a link to Ben Raza’s story about this in the Times and Citizen.
Under the pressures of a major recession, with public finances in crisis, and common sense out of the window until after the next election for political reasons, surely we should be planning an alternative which does not rely on Government funding.
Otherwise, we will enter into a fantasy land of mythical funding and produce a large deficit for which the taxpayers of Bedford will be paying for a generation.
We all must act now – write to firstname.lastname@example.org (the Beds on Sunday is apparently not printing letters from us – I wonder why?) – ask local election candidates the difficult question about finance – and support our campaign by signing the petition.
Act now to help Save Middle Schools!