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Too many Crawley families are struggling writes Shadow Education Secretary in article to Crawley News 24

In an article to Crawley News 24 Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary says that due to the slashing of schools funding, local families are now suffering.

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“Schools across our country have been devastated by nine years of Tory austerity. We can see it in classrooms all over Britain. Teachers are topping up budgets out of their own pocket, and seeing more and more pupils coming in not having had breakfast or without the right uniform.

Crawley’s schools have had their funding slashed, and too many local families are struggling.

Across the town there will be school funding shortfall of nearly half a million in 2020, while 83% of schools across England will be worse off next year than they were to 2015.

The choice in this election is clear.

Labour will transform education standards in this country for every child, capping class sizes at 30 and ensuring every child is taught by a qualified teacher in a safe school building.

On contrast, the Tories have left nearly half a million children crammed into super-sized classes – up by 29% since 2010.

Labour will invest in record per pupil funding, restore the Pupil Premium and close the gap in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, to give every child the support they need.

The Tories have slashed school funding for the first time in a generation. More and more pupils are being taught by unqualified teachers, and are missing out on the support they need.

No child should be taught in a school building that isn’t safe. That’s why Labour would create a new fund of over £7bn to tackle the backlog of vital but overdue repairs and install safety measures such as sprinklers in our schools.   

We’d train new teachers so that every child is getting the best possible education. In our first term we would train 25,000 unqualified staff who are currently teaching our children under the Tories. This has leapt up 28% since 2012. 

Labour’s fully costed manifesto will deliver for our schools. According to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, Labour’s plans for school spending would almost double the increase in per pupil funding being put forward by the Conservatives. IFS data reveals that the Conservatives’ promised spending would not fully reverse their own cuts to school budgets.

And now most families who are in poverty are also in work. Too many parents are struggling to make ends meet. The Conservatives have done nothing to help working families in the nine years they’ve been in power. Crawley – and Britain – deserves better. 

Hard working mums and dads across Crawley deserve. 

That is what what Peter Lamb would deliver as the MP for his home town – and the place he has championed for all his life.

The Tory candidate here has failed to sign the pledge promoted by parents and teachers to protect our schools from further cuts. Don’t be fooled by their rhetoric – you just can’t trust them on education. 

As Britain’s education secretary I’d make sure that no child misses out on the best possible education. That’s why I’m asking you to back Labour on December 12th.”

Angela Rayner
Shadow Education Secretary.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Kickstarting the recovery

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As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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