All other county council services have been cut - not just this year but for the past three years - including social services, which spends below the SSA level. In education, we are funding demographic growth, adjustments to the formula for small schools, repayments on supply insurance, safety legislation for school transport and increases in special educational needs support.
The picture is bleak, and many schools are using reserves to minimise redundancies, but the devil is in the detail. The key detail here is that, if we were funded at SSA level, our schools would have a multi-million pound shortfall.
NICK HENWOOD Chief education officer Somerset County Council