Following the closure of the consultation on the Government’s new funding formula for schools, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has warned that every school in the constituency faces a significant cut in funds unless changes are made. He warns that this will inevitably lead to bigger classes, fewer teachers and cuts to extra-curricular activities.
Since the changes were announced, Justin has spoken up in two Parliamentary debates, including one specifically relating to schools in Cheshire West & Chester, as well as securing a private meeting with the Minister. Many local schools have also registered their concerns with the Government, as well as thousands of local parents, who have signed petitions.
Despite this pressure, the Government has so far refused to back-track on its plans. In response to a question from Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday, the Prime Minister simply replied:
“The national funding formula is under consultation, and obviously there will be a number of views.”
Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:
“The new funding formula will leave every single school in this area substantially worse off and could have a real impact on the education that our children receive.
“When they were elected, the Conservatives pledged to protect per-pupil funding for schools and all that we are asking them to do is to keep this simple promise.
“Local schools have made so much good progress in recent years, but these cuts will threaten all of that. We could see bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and cuts to activities. I’ll keep up the pressure on the Government to listen to what people have said in response to this consultation.”
Following the closure of the consultation on the Government’s new funding formula for schools, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has warned that every school in the constituency faces...
During International Trade Questions in Parliament, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders warned of the potential impact of tariffs on the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector.
Questioning the Minister on Thursday 23rd March, he said:
“The Minister will be aware of statements made by the head of the PSA Group, following the takeover of Vauxhall-General Motors group, that when new models are awarded plants across Europe will be judged on their competitiveness. A 10% tariff on cars would have a huge impact on the competitiveness of the UK car industry, so what contingency plans do the Government have to ensure that the UK car industry remains competitive?”
In response, International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier said:
“The hon. Gentleman is right to raise this point; he speaks on behalf of his constituents in an area that manufactures these vehicles. It is the intention that the UK can achieve tariff-free, customs-free access to the single market. That benefits not only the UK car manufacturers that produce 1.9 million cars, but the European manufacturers that export to the UK.”
Commenting later, Justin said:
“While I am pleased that the Government is pressing for tariff-free, customs-free access to the single market, I am concerned that there still doesn’t seem to be a plan b in the event that they fail.
“When decisions are being made on the locations that will manufacture the next set of models, we need to be in a position to offer the assurances that PSA will require about our future competitiveness.
“Whatever the outcome of our Article 50 negotiations, it is of paramount importance that the Government stands ready to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the vitally important manufacturing jobs at Vauxhall and in the supply chain. I’ll continue to make this case to Ministers at every opportunity”
During International Trade Questions in Parliament, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders warned of the potential impact of tariffs on the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. Questioning the...
In a Parliamentary debate on 23rd March, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders warned that thousands of policyholders had still not been adequately compensated for the regulatory failings that led to the Equitable Life scandal.
“These people worked all their lives only to find that their pension pot has failed to materialise in the manner they were promised and they genuinely believed would occur” he said.
The Equitable Life company collapsed after it emerged that policy holders were promised bonuses that were unachievable. Subsequent reports by the Parliamentary Ombudsman found serious failings by Government regulators and recommended that a compensation scheme be set up. While such a scheme was subsequently established, MPs heard during the debate that 895,000 people who were caught up in the scandal have received only 22% of their losses.
As well providing justice for those who have lost out, Justin argued that fully compensating the victims is essential to secure the confidence of future generations in saving and investing for their future.
Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:
“While I welcome the steps that have been taken so far to compensate those who lost out in the Equitable Life scandal, it is wrong that hundreds of thousands of people have not been properly compensated.
“Given that many of those effected are now very advanced in age, I was pleased to join MPs from all parties in calling on the Government act quickly to provide justice.”
In a Parliamentary debate on 23rd March, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders warned that thousands of policyholders had still not been adequately compensated for the regulatory failings that...