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In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.

 

According to figures from the House of Commons Library, current Government policies mean that school funding in Southampton has fallen by £475 per pupil (10.2%) in real terms since 2010-2011 – a drop in funding equivalent to the loss of 359 teachers in schools across the city by 2020.

 

Speaking today in the House of Commons, Alan Whitehead MP asked Theresa May what immediate action she proposes to address this crisis.

 

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, said:

 

Schools in Southampton are already suffering from this catastrophic pupil funding regime. I’ve heard of one school in the city where parents are volunteering to clean school toilets because the cleaning budget has been cut to try to protect teaching jobs in the school. Action to deal with this crisis is needed now, not waffle about reviewing funding formulas for the future.

Local MP Alan Whitehead takes Prime Minister to task on funding cuts to Southampton schools

In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.   According to...

I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.

Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.

In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.

Jeremy Corbyn's official statement in response to the general election announcement

I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be...

Southampton residents, organisations and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm and as part of the tenth Earth Hour, aimed at shining a light on climate action.
 
Labour Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Sustainable Living, said:

 “Earth Hour 2017 is a great way to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and as a city, we are proud to play an important role in tackling this global issue. The time to act is now, every flick of a switch is a reminder that what we do today will define what we have tomorrow.

“Everyone from individuals to community groups to schools or businesses can get behind WWF’s Earth Hour 2017 which reminds us that together we can create the sustainable future we desire, and our children deserve.”


To make a stand for climate change, the Labour-led council will be switching off the lights at the Civic Centre and Clock Tower and will minimise access to One Guildhall Square to avoid setting off the motion lighting. The 02 Guildhall’s lights will turned off with the entrance lighting dimmed to allow just enough visibility for safe access.  

We are also working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE) and their subsidiary, Mayflower Control whose innovative Central Management System will enable switching off approximately fifteen thousand street lamps on traffic routes in Southampton’s residential areas.  

There are many events taking place across the city to support Earth Hour 2017, including a candlelit gathering organised by Transition Southampton where residents are invited to bring along a candle in a lantern or jar and group together in the shape of a heart in Guildhall Square from 8pm for photos that will be uploaded to the Earth Hour website.

Earth Hour started as a single-city event in Sydney in 2007 and support has grown significantly over the last ten years with over 170 counties expected to take part this year. Earth Hour takes place for one hour on Saturday 25 March from 8.30pm local time.

Switch off the lights for Earth Hour

Southampton residents, organisations and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm and as part of the tenth Earth Hour, aimed at shining a light...

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