Dudley MP Ian Austin joined a group of head teachers and school governors from the West Midlands, including Tim Gallagher, the chair of Governors at Queen Victoria primary school, to hand in a letter to Downing Street demanding more school funding.
Schools in the West Midlands have lost £141,936,221 from their budgets whilst pupil numbers have risen by almost 50,000 in just 3 years.
Ian Austin said:
“It’s shocking that schools are having to look at drastic solutions to balance budgets - such as a four and a half day week – or asking parents to prop up school budgets by providing basic equipment.
“I have always said that education and skills are my number one priority to attract new industries and well-paid jobs to replace the ones we’ve lost in traditional industries, help local businesses grow, and give youngsters a first class start in life.
“That’s why I added my name to this letter to urge the Government to ensure children get the education they deserve.”