I have challenged the Government twice this week on cuts to services in Liverpool.
Redistribution of Education Funds.
Government are “redistributing” funding to give more help to children in need outside of major cities. This is a redistribution, not new money. It is estimated that Liverpool primary and secondary schools will lose £3.6 million in funding.
“Funding should be related to need, and this is a long-standing problem. In Liverpool, which is one of the most deprived areas, over 58% of the budget has already gone, and the NUT says that over £602 per pupil will be lost under the Government’s programme. Can the Secretary of State guarantee that the students of Liverpool will not lose out in this redistribution of funds?”
The Local Government settlement does not address the major crisis facing social care in Liverpool.
“Liverpool has high levels of poverty. It also has an innovative local authority that believes in value for money. Liverpool City Council has already lost 58% of central Government funding, and yesterday, in a redistribution of education funding, it lost £3.5 million more. What does today’s statement do, in concrete and specific terms, to address the crisis in social care, except ask poor people to pay more? Even that will not address the growing crisis of people in need.”