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Department for Education

Part of Supplementary Estimate 2018-19 – in the House of Commons at 2:53 pm on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West 2:53 pm, 26th February 2019

I have often heard Ministers say in justification of restrictions on school budgets that there are large balances. In my own constituency of West Bromwich West, the cumulative shortfall in schools came to nearly £5 million between 2017-18 and 2018-19. The cumulative reserves of all the schools in Sandwell is £3 million. There is now hard evidence that the balances left in schools in local authorities are no longer adequate to meet the year-by-year shortfalls that are taking place in them.