This week the Education Select Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening. I challenged her over the cuts to Sure Start centres which I know from working as a headteacher were incredibly effective at helping all children to have the best possible start in life.
As seems to be a running theme in this Government when asked about the negative consequences of Tory austerity in our community, the Minister passed the buck, this time on to local councils. My fellow Labour MP Ian Mearns was quick to point out to her that even if councils cut every other front-line service, they are still unable to properly fund Children’s services.
I’m proud to be standing up for the many professionals who know first-hand the reality of the situation in education under this government.