Sixth Form education has faced huge cuts since 2010, with funding per pupil being slashed by almost a quarter by the Tories. The funding cuts seen in Further Education are part of a larger, sustained programme of underfunding education from early years, to adult education. Here in Wallasey, 20 out of 26 of our schools are facing budget cuts.
Phillip Hammond did nothing in the Budget to address the huge pressures that schools are under. The Chancellor announced more money to mend potholes than he did for our schools. Schools are have faced such severe cuts they cannot even afford to buy pens, let alone pay teachers. The fact that the Chancellor said this money would ‘pay for the little extras’, just shows how woefully detached this Government are from reality.
I will continue to put pressure on the Government to abandon their failed austerity project and give our schools the money they deserve.
The Labour Party is committed to creating a National Education Service that would invest in our young people to ensure that we have a strong, socially mobile and highly educated workforce, and regardless of circumstance, every person can have the education that they deserve.