Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Flint attacks Tory School building cuts

Caroline Flint has condemned the Coalition announcement that half of the planned school building programme is to be scrapped, including 20 schools out of 22 in Doncaster.

Said Caroline:  “Today’s announcement was disgraceful; not least that Michael Gove did not have the courage to publish any details of the impact on particular towns and constituencies until half way through his Commons statement.  I criticised him for this duplicitous approach.

“These cuts are far more severe than anyone expected – and certainly are way beyond any pledge at the election.  They are a huge blow to the schools modernisation programme that Labour had the vision to undertake.  This is a return to the Tory policies of the 1980s when they built only a handful of schools and only one hospital.”

Ms Flint said:  “These further cuts come just as the Work Foundation published a report showing that Doncaster and Barnsley share some of the poorest employment prospects in the country.  We have more people depending on public services and more businesses dependant on Government contracts – such as to build these schools.  This is another hammer blow to our economy.”
Caroline and Barry at All Saints
Ms Flint believes that the cuts are too deep, too soon, and will have a damaging effect on economic growth across South Yorkshire.  Labour argues that the best way to cut the Government deficit is to invest in economic growth.

PICTURE SHOWS:  Caroline Flint and Cllr Barry Johnson at Rossington All Saints School, rebuilt for £23million.  Mr Gove branded the school building programme “poor value for money”.

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