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Gordon has warned that schools across Blackpool South face continuing cuts from Government policy after Education Secretary Damian Hinds failed yesterday to repeat a previous guarantee in Parliament that no school would see its funding cut.

Gordon, who is also a Shadow Education Minister, was on the front bench as, in a debate called by Labour on school funding, his colleague Angela Rayner laid into the Government for breaking their General Election pledges to give a real cash increase per pupil under the National Funding formula.

Speaking afterwards Gordon said: “The latest data from the teaching unions' School Cuts website indicates 13 out of the 18 schools across Blackpool South have had their budgets cut - despite the Tories previous pledge to protect school budgets at last year’s election. Given the Education Secretary's repeated dodging in yesterday's debate our requests to repeat that guarantee, that means that between 2015 and 2020 local parents can expect to see almost £500,000 is expected to be lost in school funding from across Blackpool South.

He added: “Teachers across Blackpool have every reason to be worried about the continuing cuts they are experiencing in school budgets and resources. Data collected on the School Cuts website shows that St Nicholas school (pictured) in the south of my constituency stands to lose £75,470 between 2015 and 2020 - that works out at a £192 cut per pupil. Near the town centre St Kentigern’s school is expected to lose £26,584, which works out at a £128 cut per pupil. Despite admitting that school funding is “tight”, Theresa May's ministers have not come good on the concerns of teaching staff or parents. They claim they’ve increased overall funding, but when you look at the figures per pupil for most of our schools, it's quite clear they’ve had a significant cut.

“The independent Institute of Fiscal Studies [IFS], however, has stated that the Government claims are simply not accurate, and the UK Statistics Authority has rebuked the Education Secretary for his inaccuracy. The Government also continue to ignore the fact that schools could face a cut of up to 1.5% under the current funding formula rules.

“After three years of severe cuts to most schools across Blackpool South, Labour’s motion offered the Tory Government a chance to put things right, ensuring every school receives a cash increase in per pupil funding. We need that action to avoid the continued haemorrhaging of teaching staff, who are leaving in record numbers, but also for all the pupils in Blackpool South suffering as a result of the current situation, along with parents having to be asked to contribute extras for school activities that should be covered but aren't as a result of these school cuts.

“If the Government doesn't respond quickly, our hard won Opportunity Area status in Blackpool, which our schools, pupils and parents desperately need will come with one hand tied behind its back. I hope to be meeting the Education Secretary shortly to discuss the Opportunity Area initiatives and to reiterate our specific reasons for needing fairer funding.”

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Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgeries this Friday (20th April).

This will take place from 3.30pm to 5.00pm at his constituency office at 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX.

Appointments are required and can be made by either calling 01253 344143 or emailing gordonmarsdenmp@parliament.uk

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Gordon has said Labour’s new plans to fund free bus travel for under 25s will open up further opportunities to tens of thousands of young people across Blackpool.

The next Labour Government will give funding to councils like Blackpool, who already run Blackpool Transport. The policy will benefit approximately over 32,000 young people (5 to 24-years-old) across the town and save them up to £1,000 a year. It will be funded by using money ring-fenced from Vehicle Excise Duty.

Gordon, said: “This is a great policy for young people which will open up further opportunities to over 32,000 young people across Blackpool. We are nearly double the UK average for youth unemployment in Blackpool South, so I know how important affordable and accessible bus travel can be in supporting people to find and access high skilled jobs and training. As Labour’s Shadow Skills Minister this is something I have also been consistently pushing in Parliament over the last few years.”

As well as applying to existing municipal companies like Blackpool Transport, the policy will also support and incentivise other local authorities to set up their own public owned bus companies. In 2016 Blackpool Transport made £1.38 million, £1 million of which was returned as a dividend to the council.

Gordon, also a former Shadow Bus Minister, added: “For too long private bus companies have run services for profit and not for people. We have shown we can do it differently in Blackpool with our very successful municipal bus company - providing good quality services, which meet the needs of local people, and also make a profit to benefit council tax payers.”

In 2016 Gordon launched his Cleaner, Greener Blackpool Campaign at the Solaris Centre, where he spoke about the importance of public transport in reducing the carbon footprint.

He said: “Public transport and particularly buses are vital for easing congestion around the town, especially during the high season, for residents but also for the millions of visitors we have come to visit. Buses also bring a lot of environmental benefits such as reducing air pollution and carbon emissions, which is really important in working towards a cleaner, greener Blackpool.”

 

 

Free bus travel for under 25s will “open up further opportunities” to thousands of young people in Blackpool says Gordon

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