Devastating proposals for 90% cuts to education programmes run by City Hall have been condemned as ‘disgraceful’ by Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs. The cuts to projects which support young people to stay on at school, develop workplace skills and increase the number of apprenticeships were revealed in a leaked document which admitted they would disproportionately hit the most vulnerable groups of young people.
In a heated exchange at last week’s Mayor’s Question Time Boris Johnson refused to rule out the 90% cuts and resorted to telling Assembly Members to “stick it up your…” The leaked report showed that if the proposals were agreed funding for youth and education projects would drop from £22.6m in 2014/15 to just £2.3m by 2016/171. Certain projects such as those to support apprenticeships and get into work would be axed entirely with zero funding planned for 2016/17 despite the number of people starting apprenticeships falling for the last two years.
John Biggs Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:
"The fact that Boris Johnson would even consider cuts of 90% to schemes designed to help some of the most vulnerable young people in the boroughs I represent of Barking & Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets and tells you everything you need to know about his cavalier and uncaring approach to governing.
"Projects to increase apprenticeships and support for people to stay on at school may seem like optional extras to Boris Johnson but for many young people they make a world of difference, helping them to get on in an increasingly competitive jobs market.
"Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners. These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces."