Saturday, November 17, 2018

Labour hypocrisy on schools

One story in Westminster, another in the council chamber

Local Lib Dems attacked local Welsh Labour councillors for letting down the children of Neath and Port Talbot. Cuts to the county’s education budget stood in clear opposition to the efforts of Education Minister Kirsty Williams in raising the status of education in Wales and displayed rank hypocrisy.

“Labour in Westminster deplores austerity in education. In an opposition-day debate last Tuesday on a motion calling for the government to ‘end austerity, not with little extras, but by reversing all cuts to education funding’, Labour MP after Labour MP stood up in the Commons on Tuesday to attack the Conservative government.”

It is a different tale in Neath Port Talbot. The Labour County Borough Council plans to slash the education budget by 2% in cash terms (even more when inflation is taken into account), reduce the wages of our hard-working dinner ladies and force secondary schools to sacrifice more of their own funds in order to maintain buildings and grounds.

Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats call on Labour to practise in Port Talbot what they preach in London and restore the cuts to the education budget.

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