Laws helps force Labour U-turn on schools cash-raid

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2007

Lib Dem schools spokesman David Laws was busy last week leading the attack on Labour’s plans to confiscate 5% of school cash balances. Today Labour back-tracked on its plans, with schools minister Jim Knight confirming the Government would keep its hands off, and leave school balances untouched.

The BBC has the full story here.

David is widely quoted saying:

“This daft idea should never have seen the light of day. Headteachers and governors across the country were outraged about how the clawback was set to have a devastating impact on their school budgets and could even have led to staffing cuts.

“Ministers must now come clean and accept that these proposals were wrong, and assure schools that they will not seek to resurrect them in a year’s time when the row has died down.”