Budget 2018 = Police and Maintained Nursery School Funding Chancellor!


Tomorrow the Government sets out its budget and the architect of that budget The Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, will spend the whole day explaining what he has done to direct and drive the UK’s economy. Brexit will no doubt feature heavily.

I need to tell you that I have written to The Chancellor him asking for two areas of his budget to reflect the overwhelming political needs of our Ward here in Wednesfield North.

I have asked him to ensure that there are new financial resources to be made available to West Midlands Police.

One of the overwhelming issues we have here in Wednesfield North is crime, and the fear of crime. I have urged the Chancellor to provide much-needed further resources that our Police force needs to police our community in the way that we all want to see. We need a well resourced Police force if the public confidence that we all want in our force is to be developed.

I have also asked The Chancellor to ensure that Maintained Nursery Schools have the financial resources to allow them to continue to provide the sort of educational benefits that Ashmore Park Nursery provides currently for our children.

Currently this Government has no financial plans for Maintained Nursery School  funding beyond 2019-2020.

I know that I may be whistling in the wind. I know also that I could have picked on at least a dozen other political policies to write to him about.

The issue of poor and declining police resources though is on everyone’s lips.

Plus, the lack of an education funding plan for all 400 Maintained Nursery’s in the Country is in itself a travesty.

Here in Wolverhampton the 800 children who are being guided into Early Years education by Maintained Nursery Schools need a better,  and deserve a better deal, than this Government is currently offering.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more