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When Cameron says "No cuts" he doesn't mean it

"Is there any wonder that people distrust politicians?" asks David Ellesmere, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich.

Last week David Cameron made a majorspeech on education, the centrepiece of which was that under a Conservative Government there would be no cutsto the schools budget over the next five years.

However, when questioned, he admitted that all he was actually promising was that schools would receive the same amount in cash terms.

So there would be no allowance for inflation. No account of the fact that changes to pension and National Insurance rules are going to increase schoolscosts by 5%. Teachers would not receive a pay rise for five years.

Independent estimates reckon that this would actually amount to a 10% real terms cut in school budgets over the next five years.

There will undoubtedly be fewer teachers and class room assistants. Class numbers will continue to rise.

Yet David Camerons message is that there will be no cutsto the education budget. Is there any wonder that people distrust politicians?

 

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