Support is for all

29th January 2010 at 00:00

I was concerned about the headline "NUT demands funding reform for ethnic minority grant before BNP bites" (January 22).

It gave the impression that we were responding opportunistically because of the British National Party. This is not the case. The underlying theme of our report, "Opening Locked Doors", is that efforts to combat racism and economic discrimination must support each other.

We have called for a ring-fenced grant that would provide for all young people in need of intensive support - that includes those who are disadvantaged by social class, including white working-class youngsters.

We are not arguing for reform of the grant. We are arguing for disparities in funding to be rectified for the reasons given.

Christine Blower, General secretary, NUT.

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