I’m aware that I’m angry.
Not to bang on about it AGAIN but we all know just how strapped for cash schools are at the moment. We also know the impact this is having on our education system and our young people.
As I have previously mentioned you only need to read the Headteachers’ recent plea to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to understand that the situation has reached crisis point and austerity is hitting schools, and therefore the next generation, hard.
Therefore the fact that five schools in the Borough of Bexley, on the borders of London and Kent, are being compelled to spend thousands of pounds a year to promote the profitability of local businesses, appears to many to be a misuse of public funds.
As Zoe Wakeling, the creator of an online petition requesting that schools in Sidcup are exempt from this levy, puts it:
“The schools will have to pay this levy with funds that would otherwise be used to educate our children. The schools are already massively underfunded, they cannot afford this. The schools could have easily been exempt from the levy, as similar BIDS have done. Sidcup BID have chosen to include the schools…Our schools already have limited funds, what they do have needs to be used to educate our children, not to benefit local businesses. Educating the next generation should be the number one priority in our community.”
More information about the Sidcup BID can be found here and I’m sure there is lots to admire in their work. However, threatening a school with legal action because they are refusing to pay approximately £40 000 over five years may not be their finest moment.
If you too are angered by this use of school funds, and would like the Sidcup Business Improvement District to reconsider their decision to take precious funds from local schools, then please click here to sign the petition.
Is this just a one off or are schools nationwide being forced to pay such levies?
And either way can this really be justified?