Vince Cable speaks out after extent of Twickenham school cuts revealed

Vince Cable has spoken out after it was revealed that 78 per cent of Twickenham schools will have less money per pupil next year than they had in 2015.

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He has criticised the Government for its continuation of cuts to educational services in the borough and has called on MPs to take swift action.

New research by the school cuts coalition of unions (NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB and Unite) revealed the shocking statistics, despite recent claims by the Government that schools were receiving extra funding.

The average cut per pupil in Twickenham between 2015 and 2020/21 amounts to £211.

Sir Vince said: “I have spoken with parents, pupils, and teachers throughout the constituency who are seeing every day the impact of the school funding crisis.

“Yet this Government continues to under-fund and under-deliver on their responsibility to schools and the nation’s children and young people.

“I have led two debates on school funding since returning to parliament in 2017 and as I prepare to step down as MP, I call once again on the Prime Minister to address urgently the funding crisis and start investing in this and future generations of young people.

“I encourage constituents to look at the School Cuts website to see how schools in Twickenham continue to be damaged by Government cuts.”

Councillor Robin Brown – Lead Member for Finance and Resources in Richmond agreed that central Government should be doing more to fund Richmond’s educational services.

Cllr Brown said: “We are proud of our local schools and the excellent results they achieve.

“However like Sir Vince we are concerned that teachers, pupils and parents have to cope with chronic underfunding.

“Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a case in point.

“The council only receives £25 million of funding but has to spend £30 million to meet local needs.

“This £5 million funding black hole is a threat to other services.

“Recent government announcements don’t go nearly far enough to address the shortfalls or recognise increasing costs and needs.”

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