Afzal Khan MEP, Labour candidate in the Manchester Gorton by-election, said:
“This Tories’ so called fair funding formula isn’t fair, and is risking the life chances of a generation of Manchester’s children.
“As budget cuts bite, head teachers are facing impossible choices on staffing levels, school resources and extra-curricular activities such as school trips, which show children the possibilities out there for them. Getting my education was what gave me the chances I’ve had.
“While the principle of a funding our schools fairly is the right one, these current plans risk toppling some schools over the edge.
“I stand with the staff and pupils involved in the Fair Funding for All campaign, and will be joining them in April at a rally to show the Government that the future of Manchester’s children is too important to let slip in the name of budget cuts.”
Emma Martin, a teacher at Stanley Grove school in Longsight and organiser of the Fair Funding For All campaign, added:
“How money is spent is a political choice. If the government can find money for vanity projects like new grammars and free schools, why isn't there money to ensure a good level of funding for all schools?
“Our school alone faces a loss of £590,465 from our budget by 2019 which works out as £994 per pupil and 18 teachers jobs. We are bringing parents, teachers, support staff, head teachers and pupils together to fight to save our schools.”