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From Keighley News, March 11th, 2018
Written by Alistair Shand

A PETITION protesting at cuts to school funding in the area was signed by 1,530 people. It is being presented to parliament by Keighley MP John Grogan this week, when the Government announces its Spring Statement.

The petition was organised by Craven ward Labour Party, which said primary schools in Steeton, Eastburn, Silsden and Addingham had all seen real-term reductions in pupil funding.

It is calling for the cuts to be reversed and per-pupil funding protected over the lifetime of this parliament, together with a guarantee that no school will lose out as a result of any new funding formula.

Val Carroll, who is standing for Labour in Craven ward at the May council elections, said: "The petition has been a useful way of letting parents know what has been happening to school budgets recently, including some of the impact on the quality of our children's education.

"Most parents we spoke to were unaware of these cuts and their consequences."