Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock , rose to floor of the House of Commons on Wednesday 5th December to welcome the Chancellor’s £1 billion boost for schools. This extra money will allow the creation and expansion of schools up and down the country.
Mr Metcalfe, who has proved to be a strong advocate for education in South Basildon and East Thurrock asked the Chancellor when this funding might become available for areas in particular need such as Basildon, saying he “would like to see the Lee Chapel Primary School expand rapidly.”
The Chancellor responded: “My hon. Friend makes a powerful case for Basildon, its schools and the particular school he mentioned. I will make sure that the Education Secretary hears the argument he makes. The money is available over the next two years.”
Stephen Metcalfe later commented: “There is nothing more important than the education of our children and I was delighted to see that George Osborne acknowledged this in the Autumn Statement by pledging a £1 billion pounds boost to schools.”
“I sincerely hope that the benefits of this money will be felt in my constituency and that schools such as Lee Chapel Primary School can utilise the funding to expand on the great service they already provide.”