Government’s own assessment shows school building cuts hit the poorest hardest

Responding to a report in tomorrow’s Guardian that the government’s own equality impact assessment (download PDF here) shows the cuts to the Building Schools for the Future programme will hit the poorest children hardest, shadow children and education secretary Ed Balls said:

“This is another embarrassing revelation for Michael Gove. Once again we have clear evidence that the victims of the Tory-Lib Dem government’s unfair and economically dangerous cuts are the poorest and those in most need.

“The fact that the new schools being axed have a higher proportion of children from the poorest families, with a special education need and English as a second language shows just how thoughtless the Education Secretary was when he announced these blanket cuts.

“Michael Gove has got the wrong priorities. He has spent four months working on a plan for just 16 free schools while some 700,000 children have started the new term in schools that will now be condemned to having second-class facilities.

“But these cuts are not just deeply unfair, they’re economic madness too. If an economic impact assessment was also made it would show the tens of thousands of private sector jobs lost by cancelling all these contracts. That’s why Michael Gove should think again.”

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Posted September 12th, 2010 by Ed's team

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One Response to “Government’s own assessment shows school building cuts hit the poorest hardest”

  1. Gove doesn’t have a leg to stand on with all this. As you said, Ed, he’s wasted time and money on an ideological education policy which has proved deeply flawed, and has neglected the really important aspects of his brief. Education is going to be the root of any long term future economic stability or prosperity we enjoy, and it’s really disheartening to see it being neglected like this, by the coalition. Still, Ed as Gove’s shadow gives me hope.

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