06 January 2011

Will Sure Start cuts pay for West London 'free' school?

As they face the closure of nine out of 15 Sure Start early-years centres across Hammersmith and Fulham, local parents have a right to know exactly how much of the £3.2m "saved" the council plans to give to Toby Young and Michael Gove's ideological school experiment.

The whole £3.2m? More?

Tory H&F Council must also explain to local voters why a school that will take half its pupils from other boroughs is more worthy of funding than early years provision in the borough.

Could it be because Sure Start (needed and popular) was a Labour idea, whereas "free" schools (unneeded and unwanted) are a Tory one? Or would that be too petty, even for this lot?

Remember: there's no such thing as a "free" school. Someone has to pay.

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