Monday 8 October 2018 / 1:05 PM Angela Rayner / Education

Statistics Authority letter is a “humiliating rebuke” for Tory ministers

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the UK Statistics Authority’s Chair raising “significant concerns” about the Department for Education’s presentation and use of statistics, said:

“This is a humiliating rebuke for Tory ministers. The Education Secretary has not even been in office for a year, yet this is the fourth time he has been caught by the government’s own watchdog making a claim that is wildly misleading or blatantly false.

“They need to come clean and stop deceiving the public in a desperate attempt to cover up their shocking record.

“They have used misleading figures on school funding to hide the fact that they have cut billions of pounds from school budgets, leaving head-teachers forced to beg for donations from parents to pay for books and stationary.

“And their claims on school standards are now in tatters. Instead of relying on discredited statistics they should use the Budget to invest in schools and genuinely improve standards.”

“The next Labour government will fairly fund all schools, as part of a National Education Service for the many, not the few.”