Labour will always be the party of Education. We want to give Lambeth children the best start in life, and believe that every stage in their development counts.
In London childcare costs have risen by 19% in the last 12 months – five times faster than pay. The average cost of a 25 hours nursery place in London is now over £130 a week. As a direct result a quarter of parents are now prevented from going back to work or increasing their hours.
That’s why we’re launching a Childcare Commission with Southwark, which will be chaired by the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP, to explore how we can help provide affordable and accessible childcare.
And nationally, the Labour Party is pledging to instate 25 hours of free childcare a week, which would help over 2500 children in Lambeth.
We’re pledging to offer free breakfasts in all our primary schools so that Lambeth children start the day ready to learn.
Meanwhile, standards in Lambeth have improved year on year. Last year, 65.7% Lambeth students achieved 5 Good GCSEs including English and Maths – up 2% on last year and above the national average, making that the 16th successive year of improvement in Lambeth.
We’ve built and expanded schools where necessary to meet growing demand. And, for the second year running Lambeth council has been able to offer every child whose application was on time a primary school place in the borough. Almost 90% received their first or second preference place.
We’re promising to give more power to young people. The Youth Mayoral team and the Young Lambeth Cooperative will have the power to decide what play and youth services are provided in the borough.
We’re pledging to provide advice, training or an apprenticeship to every young person in the borough, as well as creating 5000 new jobs for local people.
We’ve delivered three new leisure centres in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood, and kept all our libraries and parks open and flourishing.
Whereas the Lib Dems are heartless nationally: by scrapping Education Maintenance Allowance, trebling tuition fees and cancelling Labour’s school building programme, the Lib Dem-Tory Government has made it harder for our young people to reach their potential.
And hopeless locally: the Lib Dem-Tories don’t think young people should have a voice – they opposed Lambeth’s Youth Mayor and voted against the Young Lambeth Cooperative. They've even opposed proposals to build new schools.