Yesterday I wrote to the Chancellor Mr Philip Hammond re today’s forth coming Budget 2018.
This is the contents of that correspondence.
Now its a case of sitting back and seeing if the arrangements that I have asked for is forthcoming. As a Local Councillor I am very frustrated by these two issues, as well as a few others relating to other important sectors that need attention. There is not much I can do except do what I have on all your behalf’s……
“Dear Chancellor Tomorrow is a ‘Big Day’ for both you and the Government. I wish you well in your time management of the day. I write directly to you to inform you that here in the City of Wolverhampton and my Ward of Wednesfield North there are two ‘Big’ issues that are affecting the almost 12,000 people I represent here in Wednesfield North.
My constituent are worried about the increasing levels of crime. They are like me concerned that the Police numbers are going down and the savage budget you are operating is creating massive Police Cuts, which are pressing the West Midlands Force into breaking point. Losing more Police Officers will make the Police even more remote from the .
The public in my Ward of Wednesfield North are scared that losing even more police, will expose them to ever more escalating violent crime , burglary and a further assault on their property.
The Police here do not have the personnel to attend burglaries!
Time and time again we have the message from our residents about vehicle crime, burglaries, and other crimes. When they report the crimes because of your budget cuts, no home calls are made. Police Stations are closing, Police officers are seen only in cars and on the television! The public are talking about not reporting crime because they see nothing happen. This cannot be the way forward for a Country like ours?
- My first plea to you tomorrow is when you are at the dispatch box that you really do plough some real new resources into West Midlands Police.
- My second plea is to urge you to provide proper funding Maintained Nursery Schools
Here in Wednesfield North we are proud of our Maintained Nursery School and along with the 400 other Maintained Nursery Schools across the Country. Our constituents wish that our school and that excellent work they do making children ready for education, is funded properly again which would allow them to continue to stay open.
The Local Government Association has recently carried out research into the impact of the revised funding for maintained nursery school (MNS)
And 61% of councils with MNS provision responded to the question – “what will happen if the supplementary funding for Nursery schools does not continue beyond 2019/20 ?”
- 33% said closure of MNS was very likely
- 28% said closure of MNS was fairly likely
This is very worrying for parents, its putting great strain on Schools and their Governing Body’s as they work hard to maintain and continue successful teaching and highly qualified educator teams, at the schools. With no information from Government about what funding levels will look like in 2019-2020, this uncertainty is not the way forward for Families in Wednesfield North, or Wolverhampton or for parents and children in all the other great Cities of this Country..
Maintained Nursery Schools are still the future of our Towns and Cities, good and outstanding nursery schools, who are supporting the most disadvantaged children, should be the way forward. If the funding ceases, and you allow this to happen. Parents and families who send their children to these establishments will be outraged.
Those are my pleas to you Chancellor.
Wolverhampton as a City have over 800 – 3- and 4-year olds in these Maintained Nursery Schools in our great and historic City, where they are delivering either Good or Outstanding education to those children that attend.
I do hope that you will read this correspondence and take these two issues I have raised, and look at them with some degree of sympathy, and prepare a budget that deals with these two great issues fairly. They are both very important to my electorate here in Wednesfield North.
Councillor Phil Bateman MBE
City of Wolverhampton Council.