Double trouble on Conservatives school funding policy

Former MP for St Austell and Newquay Stephen Gilbert today called on Steve Double to explain once and for all if he supports the Conservatives cuts to school funding, and cutting free school lunches, or not.

Schools in St Austell and Newquay are facing a £4.7m a year cut in funding from the Conservative Government under the new funding formula.

In December Steve Double welcomed this in the House of Commons, but he is under increasing pressure as School Heads across Cornwall write to parents asking them to raise the issue with candidates.

Stephen Gilbert said:

“The Conservatives are looking to slash and burn the education budget, with cuts of £4.7m through the funding formula, and taking away free school lunches from 13,000 Cornish children. I challenge Steve Double to say if he still supports these funding cuts and if he will vote for them if elected.”

“Schools such as Tretherras in Newquay and Penrice in St Austell are each due to lose between £600,000 and £700,00 in funding a year, with an average of £346 per pupil locally. On top of this, the £750,000 spent on upgrading the kitchens across Cornwall to provide the free lunches that are being scrapped, will be wasted. The Conservatives plans for education in Cornwall are a chaotic muddle and yet Mr Double seems perfectly happy to support them.”

“As a trainee teacher myself, I can see that children in Cornwall are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers – but Theresa May doesn’t care. That is why the Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £35.7m more in schools and colleges in Cornwall over the next Parliament.”

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