- Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:07 pm
Under that Tony Blair Labour developed the idea that 'funding should follow disadvantage' at the postcode level. It was part and parcel of Excellence in Cities, and it bore fruit.
Along comes the coalition. The Tories wanted rid of differential funding, because it meant that more funding was going to Labour authorities, and money was vired (this was after Cambridgeshire spent their entire SEN budget on social services and kept the social services provision for themselves). Cameron pledged that he would 'equalise' funding between poor Labour authorities and wealthy Tory ones. The Lib Dems objected, and the Pupil Premium was born, close to the Labour idea. Much Tory chuntering, but it's part of their DORA plans.
Most Tories realise that taking money away from deprived or disadvantaged kids and giving it to the wealthy would be electoral kryptonite, but clearly not Ratboy. He is that stupid and crude. And so, of course, are the membership.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey...