Angela Rayner responds to Prime Minister’s school funding announcement
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Prime Minister’s school funding announcement, said:
“This comes nowhere close to meeting the Prime Minister’s pledge to reverse the Tories’ education cuts, let alone matching Labour’s plans to invest in a National Education Service. Instead, it is yet another con trick by a politician who shown time and again that you just can’t trust his promises.
“With the Chancellor only committing to a one-year Spending Round schools are being told to wait years for desperately needed funding, and the truth is that the government’s figures would prove an absolute fantasy after the damage done by a disastrous no-deal Brexit.
“Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are struggling to access the help they need, and yet today the Education Secretary hasn’t even offered enough to cover half of the funding shortfall and not for another year.
“Today’s announcement completely ignores the impact of cuts on vital services like nursery schools and Sure Start centres or adult learning and training, and school buildings will continue to crumble as cuts to capital funding continue.
“Teachers and parents know that it is only a Labour government that can be trusted to invest in an education system that gives every child the best start in life.”
Notes to Editors
- Previous analysis by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies found that reversing the cuts to schools since 2009 would cost £3.8 billion in 2019-20.
- The LGA have found that councils face a SEND funding shortfall of £1.2 billion by 2020-21, nearly double what this offer allocates for that year. https://www.local.gov.uk/about/campaigns/bright-futures/bright-futures-childrens-services/bright-futures-send-funding
- In secondary schools, pupil numbers as expected to increase by around 3.1% over the next two years. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/815634/National_pupil_projections__future_trends_in_pupil_numbers_July_2019_update.pdf
- A No Deal Brexit could force schools to close early, exams to be disrupted and fresh food for pupils’ meals to run short because of panic buying https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/03/secret-education-report-no-deal-brexit-school-chaos
- According to the EPI, progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier classmates has come to a standstill. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jul/30/attainment-gap-widens-disadvantaged-gcse-pupils-study
- In the 2017 election, Labour committed to £6.3bn of additional schools funding http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Funding-Britains-Future.pdf
- According to the IFS, funding per student aged 16–18 has seen the biggest squeeze of all stages of education for young people in recent years. School sixth forms have faced budget cuts of 21% per student since their peak in 2010–11, while further education and sixth-form college funding per student has fallen by about 8% over the same period. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/14194
- Spending on Sure Start was cut by two thirds between 2010 and 2018. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48498763