Steve McCabe MP has blasted the Chancellor for his comments during his Autumn Budget today where he told the House of Commons he was providing ‘one-off’ funding bonus to help schools buy ‘the little extras they need’.
The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Budget there would be a one-off bonus of £400 million available to schools for what he describes as ‘the little extras they need’.
Birmingham schools are expected to be hit by a £49 million real-terms cut by 2020 and that means 35 out of 37 schools in Birmingham Selly Oak are facing funding cuts.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“To say I am shocked about the Chancellors ignorance about the funding crisis schools are facing is to put it mildly. Birmingham Schools are in crisis. Teachers are telling me that they simply cannot afford textbooks or to replace much needed support staff. Is the Chancellor seriously saying these a just little extras?
“He needs to get real, stop insulting teachers who work so hard to give our children the best start in life and commit to properly funding our schools and local services.
“If ever there was a budget for the few and not the many, this was it.”