Department for Education

Part of Estimates Day – in the House of Commons at 5:10 pm on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 5:10 pm, 3rd July 2018

I have very little time left. Stoke-on-Trent is having £2.8 million taken away from its budgets. Huw Merriman, which is in East Sussex, will see £6.4 million of funding removed.

It is eight years since the former Chancellor delivered the first austerity budget. After eight years of cuts and the usual platitudes, can Government Members really say it is working for them and their schools in their constituencies? As we approach the summer recess, I call on them to contemplate what austerity has done to our country and to the schools in their communities. I ask them to think deeply about whether they can continue in all conscience to support their Ministers in this great decimation of our education system.