State schools across West Sussex are suffering an acute funding crisis, following many years of severe underfunding from central government.
The situation is now so dire, that some West Sussex head teachers are even considering closing schools for one day a week!
I understand that Sir Nicholas Soames and other West Sussex Conservative MPs, are due to meet their Conservative education chiefs in the next few weeks to discuss this acute funding situation that our West Sussex schools face. Better late, than never I suppose. No doubt the severe underfunding will be defended by the need for austerity. If austerity is the reason given, then may I suggest that these West Sussex Conservative MPs might also lobby their Government to reduce the £120 billion per annum of government waste, reported by the Taxpayers Alliance (TPA), which happens to exceed the government’s budget deficit.
Then we won’t even need to talk about austerity. Of course, reducing government waste is not easy, as is reduction in tax avoidance and waste in overseas aid, which also runs into many billions of pounds per annum. But government is not meant to take the easy option of cutting budgets. A priority must be to give every chance of success to future generations, by not shirking the big challenges.
So let’s see our West Sussex Conservative MPs, step up to the mark, and lobby our government with ideas for reducing government overheads, or do they not have any?
Chairman, UKIP Mid Sussex Firtoft Close, Burgess Hill
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