Rosie Cooper MP welcomed the Pre-Budget Report unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, as “a real boost to education and our long term future showing by that Labour is best for West Lancashire”.
“Gordon Brown showed today why Labour is best for West Lancashire - building on our platform of economic stability while still investing in education and skills, the education of our children, their long term future and our public services.”
“He announced a commitment to increased spending in education, meaning that every school in West Lancashire will benefit.”
“And every primary and secondary school pupil in West Lancashire will benefit from the free school book scheme ensuring that every 5 year old starting primary school receives free books and every 11 year old starting secondary school a book voucher."
“Gordon Brown also announced that direct payments made to schools for head teachers to spend on what is best for their pupils will increase. With Labour every primary school in West Lancashire will be granted the equivalent of £200 per pupil and every secondary school £225 per pupil."
“He also announced plans to make Britain the world leader in skills and training so our young people can get good jobs in the future. Government funded apprenticeships which were dying out under the Tories will be increased from 75,000 in 1997 to 500,000."
“There is good news for families too. Gordon Brown confirmed that the from next year the child element of the Child Tax Credit will increase giving more support to the 4000 families – 7,600 children – in West Lancashire. And to help further, expectant mothers will be eligible for Child Benefit in the late stages of their pregnancy."
“Labour is making the right decisions for the future: building on economic stability, investing in public services, science and enterprise, and helping people into jobs and gain skills."
“Just contrast that with the past when Britain suffered recession under the Tories with families and businesses in West Lancashire left to pay the price. Under the Tories inflation was nearly 10 per cent, mortgage rates soared to 15 per cent, 1.5 million people suffered negative equity and unemployment hit three million."
“Only Labour is making the right decisions to ensure Britain and West Lancashire are equipped to face the challenges and take the opportunities of the future.”