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Ensuring excellence in education as a teacher. We have already seen in

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the terms and conditions of teachers in England under a Tory government.

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Can they agreed that conditions such as maternity and sick pay will be

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guaranteed? At least Scotland has a possibility of a new and brighter

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future. This year's budget coincided with International Women's Day, with

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this year's been being women in the changing world of work but after

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nearly 100 years since women were granted the right to vote in the UK

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there is still much to do in order to achieve gender equality here and

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around the world. The last Labour government achieved so much for

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women. We introduced the minimum wage, created tax credits, increased

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maternity and paternity leave and pay, pension credits, expanding

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childcare and Equality Act, all of which have made a massive difference

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to women in this country. We know that gender equality means

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delivering long-term, tangible change for women, including securing

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women's economic freedom, supplying secure work and promoting women's

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access to innovative technologies. This budget could have taken greater

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steps to achieve these aims. Instead the Cory government in its seventh

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year has failed to -- the Tory government in its seventh year has

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failed. From cuts to tax credits to the crisis in social care, it is

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women who have been consistently hit hardest by the policies of the

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Tories. Because yet again this government have made no assessment

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to show how their policies impact upon women in the UK. As of the 2017

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spring budget, ?80 billion, over three quarters of all savings, have

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come from women, with a disproportionate impact on women

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from black and ethnic minorities and even the ?5 million for returning to

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work mums works out at a pretty useless ?10 per month, what will

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that buy? That is why I support the shadow secretary of state for women

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and equality's recent announcement to bring forward the equality Bill

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which will eliminate obstacles that present women from reaching their

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economic potential and part of this will be providing more secure work

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full stop those working without guaranteed hours are shut up I --

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has shot up. I ask how is a working mother supposed to plan childcare

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when they don't know the hours they will be working. Never mind the that

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under this government only one third of local authorities believe there

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will be enough childcare for families who are eligible. Women

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still make up the majority of part-time and non-permanent

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full-time and zero hours contracts. Of the 900,000 workers, nearly 1

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million on zero hours contracts, 55% of those, are women. In almost any

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labour market in the world social care work is performed by an integer

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will and largely female workforce. In the UK care sector companies

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providing social care for cash-strapped councils in a bid to

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remain viable are offering more zero hours contracts and ever, which

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means even less protection for these workers. Equality must take a higher

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priority than is currently being afforded under this government and

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one way to do this would be to provide a clear commitment from the

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government to play a much more active role in promoting women's

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access to innovative technologies, to help women to become successful

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entrepreneurs and leaders in innovation by courage and women to

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enter and thrive in the tech industry and at all levels to create

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conditions this terrible change and encouraging women to enter typically

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male dominated sectors. -- to create conditions that promote change.

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Government used to talk about this but though they have gone

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suspiciously quiet. We should also do much more than they innovate UK

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initiative which seeks to invest 2000 as group 200000 pounds to help

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women be leaders in innovation. One initiative offers the 12 men and the

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women support of which only a few will receive a package of ?50,000.

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That is not a ringing endorsement of That is not a ringing endorsement of

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women from this government. This was supposed to be a new start with a

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new Chancellor and yet we have ended up with the same shambles and same

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post Budget followers. Yet again Scotland did not feature. It is

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mentioned twice. Once to increase productivity and once on Bernard

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consequential. The way this Budget process works, at no time as a UK

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Government ever asked the Goddess government what they need is going

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forward. All that happens is there is panic health, education

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allegations in the budget and we are meant to be eternally grateful. That

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is not a good Budget setting. As my honourable friend said, the tax

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system is updated. Why should risk be tasked at 79%. White and not we

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tax real goods and increased taxes on the wealthy there. If the concern

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is alcohol harm why doesn't the Government look at minimum unit

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pricing instead of crippling the Scottish whiskey industry? The

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Chancellor may mention clamping down on tax avoidance but there is only

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two additional new income streams in the budget and they are projected to

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bring in ?200 million over five years with the paltry amount

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compared to budget. Meanwhile tax credit and collection is projected

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to bring in half ?1 billion in just over four years so we have to ask

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ourselves is the Government clamping down on tax avoidance or is it

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clamping down on hard-working families that go into tax credit

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debt due to failures in the tax credit system goes back it is

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another Concentrix waiting to happen. Also the Chancellor told us

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he was to leave some gas in the tank yet he has that does with all the

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tax giveaways and the slowing down under. ?22.5 billion in giveaways to

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corporation tax. Inheritance tax relief 2.8 billion. By the time I

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said tax, 3.7 billion. ?30 billion in tax giveaways in just a few lines

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and at the very same Chancellor sees fit to take ?2 billion of National

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Insurance contributions of the simple point. It is the

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self-employed that are struggling, don't get holidays and many are

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forced to go self-employed because of the Tory austerity measures.

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These are held as the new entrepreneurs that are going to take

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the country of the procession and yet they are getting hammered by

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National Insurance got abused. Meanwhile the other hard-working

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people ?1 billion be recouped from salary sacrifice schemes. ?1 billion

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from the realignment in high rate second-rate National Insurance got

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abused. ?1.7 billion from changes to termination payments when more

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people are going to have to take voluntary redundancy before the ?4

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billion from insurance premiums. That is ?10 billion coming from

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those who are just about managing, those struggling. Then ?6 billion to

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come from two child policies for tax credits. Not mentioned in this

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Budget was 2016 measures which already kicked in. ?30 billion of

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cuts have come because of benefits freeze and the welfare club. We have

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already heard there is nothing in it for women, because the proportion of

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the ?8 billion compared to tax giveaways is easily affordable. It

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is quite clear that it is an open the back of those struggling.

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Nothing for the Oil Gas UK nothing in renewables, investment will fall

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by 95% by 2020 and one in six jobs at risk. Nothing on the

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harmonisation in transport, nothing on Brexit, nothing for the farmers

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in Scotland. This is a port Budget and it does a Brexit shambles. The

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Chancellor made a number of errors in his Budget. Somehow he managed in

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one of the thinnest read books for years, Abe Budget of so little

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detail, so little in terms of action, the practical unite his

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backbenchers with the opposition and the press to call for a U-turn on

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his central announcement on National Insurance got regions within hours.

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I will be slightly kinder to the Chancellor Dundee for a Prime

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Minister was. I know what he was trying to do full stop I can

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understand it. There is a growing and worrying trend of copies

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outsourcing employees as self-employed contractors to save on

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employer NICs costs. Self-employed is a good choice for so many workers

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in the UK. But when the workers do not have the choice and it is the

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employer that is driving the change, it tends not to be in the best

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interests of the work. But raising employee NICs to tackle the problem

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is not the way to solve it so I suspect the Chancellor may well have

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to go back to one of his intimate spreadsheets soon. But his biggest

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errors are people up and down our errors of omission and I'd planned

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to talk about three of them, they squeezed family budgets. Nothing

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from the Chancellor on ESA rag, in November I brought a motion to his

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member was supported by MPs from nine parties in this House. It is

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not often that this happen. It called on the UK Government to

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support the allowance until the work and health green paper could be

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existed. People receive DSA WRAG because they had been cited as unfit

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for work. It slows their power to implement. It has always been

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considered right that given the increased cost of finding work due

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to the disability and health problems and the fact they need the

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support for longer than those on jobseeker's allowance do they should

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receive a higher weekly payment. On the 1st of April but extra ?30 a

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week will be cut away. During that debate in November the honourable

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member for Enfield Southgate is a very important in the Minister, that

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financial mitigation and new regulations to help those falling in

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and out of work would both be in place before the cut came in. We are

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less than three weeks from DSA WRAG being cut and we have heard nothing

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from the Government. The motion and debate I brought in November was the

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three consents, a last ditch to the Government act. Honourable members

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of all sides of the House are fast losing patient. Time is running out

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and the Government needs to act now. There was nothing on Waspy, on

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budget day I joined a huge rally to the Chancellor to act on the

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injustice of thousands of women born in the nations of these and who had

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seen the state pension increase at a faster rate than promised with

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little or no warning. Three of the three and a half thousand women

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affected were there and it was a pleasure to speak to Eileen, John

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and Margaret. It is not sustainable for the UK Government to keep trying

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to ignore these women, who have suffered workplace injustice. They

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should do the right thing by these women and give them a proper

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transitional relief. All of the women affected by these errors of

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omission were a victim of this Brexit Budget is the Chancellor set

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aside ?26 billion as a down payment for exiting the EU. And yet

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ironically there was barely a passing mention to the greatest

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economic, social and constitutional challenge facing this or any other

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government for decades. Inflation is expected to rise further squeezing

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households who are facing Social Security cuts and painfully slow

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wage growth. Cuts to support for sick and disabled people, cuts to

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women pensions, hundreds of thousands more are in child poverty,

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slow wage growth and poor productivity. But so much

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spreadsheet filled as the Dickensian Chancellor. Thank you for the

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opportunity to contribute to this bait on the budget but the magpies

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in the world. I want to speak about the budget proposals for education

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and the risks they present for our children, in the con sexed up Brexit

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and changes they will face an uncertain future. -- context of

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Brexit. We need the best possible outcome per all our children and

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young people to provide them with the skills and confidence to

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navigate our uncertain route -- world. I am proud of the skills in

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my constituency and everything they deliver for local children. The

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transformation of the quality of education in London was one of the

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powerless achievements of the last Labour government. In my

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constituency alone we sought new secondary schools and this record of

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is continued after the new secondary school that opened last year as a

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result of strong campaigns by parents and local councillors.

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Everyday teachers in our local schools are delivering brilliant

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imaginative lessons helping our children to be the best that they

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can beat and achieving excellent results. And yet, Mr Speaker, the

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resources that the schools in Dulwich and West Norwood need to

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continue their excellent work are under threat. The Government has

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broken its manifesto commitment to protect per-pupil funding for our

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schools, the national office of National Audit Office confirms that

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the Government overall school budget is protected in real terms but does

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not provide for funding per pupil to increase in line with inflation. In

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addition the Government has loaded additional significant costs on to

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other schools which are not funded through National Insurance

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contributions, the National Minimum Wage and the apprenticeships levied.

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Each of these costs, important in their own right, but it is entirely

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unfair of the Government to impose them without also them. Schools in

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my constituency are already reducing staffing numbers to cope with these

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additional costs. And on top of these burdens the Government is

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proposing to cut the funding for a London schools in order to deliver a

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fair funding formula for schools across the country. I support the

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objective of their funding for our schools, but there is nothing fair

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about taking vital funds away from some schools. Mr Speaker, this will

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have a direct impact on the quality of education or schools are able to

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provide and it will affect the competitiveness of the UK economy.

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The budget does nothing to address this. Instead of committing to

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increase the education budget by just 1% to ensure that all schools

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can access their funding without any school losing out, it commits

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funding to open new grammar schools, which by any measure a definition

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can deliver only for a small number of children. Mr Speaker, as we

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contemplate the future of the United Kingdom outside the European Union

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in a rapidly changing global economy, it is not a time from

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nostalgia to be the defining force in education policy. It is a time to

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be learning from the success story of London schools, investing in our

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education system to ensure that it is that of purpose to equip our

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children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in a

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challenging and uncertain world. The Foreign Secretary would mean trivial

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lies the challenge of global trade with boomerangs and Toblerone, I am

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concerned that our schools can equip all our children with the values of

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tolerance, diversity and internationalism and with the skills

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and qualifications to provide careers in science and technology,

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culture and the arts, green industries, Health and Social Care

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Board, construction and many other fields, by cutting the funding for

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our schools this government and the budget is failing them. Since the

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Budget statement last week this government has been heckled by

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headteachers, nobbled by National Insurance and slated by the

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self-employed as it blatantly breaks manifesto promises. The Chancellor

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appeared to have spent far too much time polishing his stand-up routine

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and far too little on the finer details of what his party promised

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in the 2015 manifesto. And the fact that the Prime Minister has now been

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forced to announce that the increase in National Insurance contributions

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for the self-employed will be pushed back to the autumn shows a

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government in disarray and does nothing to give security and

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certainty to working people. The Federation of Small Businesses are

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scathing about the National Insurance rise and say it should be

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seen for what it is, a ?1 billion tax hike on those who set themselves

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up in business. The Chancellor claims that the economy grew more

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than expected last year but this does not mean that everyone is

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better off. Indeed the growth in the economy is on the back of a rise in

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employment coupled with a shift towards lower paid jobs. With this

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growth largely driven by rises in self-employment and part-time jobs.

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And in fact, whilst in most other countries including France and

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Germany of the economy and wages have grown, the UK is the only big

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advanced economy in which wages contracted whilst the economy

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expanded. And for the one in five public sector workers in the UK

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whose average pay is now more than ?1000 lower in real terms than in

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2010, the Chancellor's boast of growth in the economy is cold

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comfort to those who are not just about managing but actually really

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struggling to cope with a constant fall in living standards. And the

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statement was remarkable more for what it didn't say rather than what

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it did. Earlier mention of Brexit, nothing for Waspy woman and no

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mention at all of the previous Chancellor's failure to deliver a

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promised surplus by 2020. The right honourable member per patent now

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seems to be devoting himself to creating his own personal surplus

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having failed to deliver on his promises for the UK economy.

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Subtitles will resume at 2300 on Monday in Parliament.

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Live coverage of Monday's proceedings in the House of Commons, including the continuation of the debate on the Spring Budget 2017 and the adjournment debate on the impact of Brexit on poultry producers.