Monday 29 October 2018 / 7:58 PM Angela Rayner / Budget

It is utterly insulting to parents and teachers for the Chancellor to talk about “little extras” when school budgets have been cut by billions – Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of “little extras” for schools in his Budget speech, said:

“It is utterly insulting to parents and teachers for the Chancellor to talk about “little extras” when school budgets have been cut by billions and head-teachers are begging parents for money for basic supplies like books and stationery.

“The amount he has offered is barely a tenth of the £3.5 billion that the Tories have cut from capital funding year on year, leaving thousands of children in leaking and crumbling classrooms.

“Even worse, the Chancellor offered just a handful of councils less than a million pounds a year each in long-term funding for children’s services which are at breaking point, and not a single penny for Further Education or Adult Education, even as spending on skills has halved.”