Cuts to education in York
4:43pm 11th June 2010
(Updated 7:09am 14th June 2010)
Hugh Bayley, the Labour MP for York Central, today revealed details of cuts to be made to local services for children and young people in York by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government.
In response to a letter from Labour’s shadow children and education secretary Ed Balls, the coalition government admitted that £311m will be cut this year from education and children’s services provided locally but funded by the government.
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Ed Balls MP has calculated that £927,000 of the cuts will be imposed on City of York Council, almost a third of the budget for these services for the rest of the year.
Hugh Bayley Labour MP for York Central said:
“It is shocking that the Conservatives and Lib Dems believe that one of the first candidates for cuts should be services for children and young people in York.
“Ed Balls calculates that the cuts in York include £12,000 from school transport, £43,000 from youth activities and local youth clubs, £23,000 from programmes to cut teenage pregnancy and £99,000 from funding to improve standards in under-performing schools.
“These are short-sighted cuts. It will save nothing in the long run if teenage pregnancy rises or young people have fewer things to do after school and get drawn into crime or anti-social behaviour. It is essential to keep funding to raise standards in poorer schools. I call on the Liberal Democrats and Conservative councillors on York Council to press the Government to cancel these cuts and restore the Council’s budget.
Ed Balls MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Children and Education, said;
“The Tories and Lib Dems said there would be no cuts to frontline services, but already that promise has been broken. And while they’re cutting funding for important services in areas like York, they’re planning to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on a free market education experiment which saw school standards fall when it was tried elsewhere.
“The new government hopes they can pass the buck by cutting the budgets for local councils without specifying where these cuts will fall on support for schools, for vulnerable young people and children – letting councils take the rap.
“The public understands the need to reduce the deficit – but they want it done fairly, and openly and without risking economic recovery. What the Tories and Liberals are doing is none of those things.”
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