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Today, Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions met with pensioners and local residents at the Fishergate Community Centre to discuss how a future Labour government can provide dignity and security in retirement.

The Conservative Government has announced plans to bring forward the retirement age increase from 66 to 68 from 2037, which will see over 7 million people having to work longer.

Analysis by the Labour Party shows that tens of thousands of people in every constituency who are currently under 48 years old will be affected, including 12,200 in East Worthing and Shoreham.

Labour has rejected this increase to the State Pension Age and instead is reviewing a flexible retirement age as part of the party’s Commission on Pensions.

 

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:

“It was great to visit East Worthing and Shoreham today, one of Labour’s top target seats for the next General Election.

“Thanks to the Tories increasing the State Pension age, over 7 million people will be forced to work longer, at the same time that evidence indicates life expectancy has stalled in some places and is reducing in others.

“The Tories must explain to the tens of thousands of people in their constituencies why the burden of Tory austerity is being pushed onto them, whilst corporations and the richest individuals receive tax breaks.

“Labour will leave the State Pension age at 66 while we look at the latest evidence. This tour will help us to better understand people’s experience of the pension system, with a view to guaranteeing a secure and healthy retirement for the many, not just the few.”  

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Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions visits East Worthing and Shoreham on National State Pension Tour

Today, Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions met with pensioners and local residents at the Fishergate Community Centre to discuss how a future Labour...

Labour today publishes analysis of overcrowding in English primary schools with more than half a million pupils being taught in super-size classes. It reveals:

 

  • The South East is the worst hit area with latest figures showing over 90,000 primary school pupils in classes over 30

 

  • 542,679 children are now in super-size classes in primary school, as class-sizes continue to rise

 

  • 39,000 primary pupils are in classes of over 36 pupils and 16,571 are now in class sizes of at least 40

 

  • The mounting pressure on school places is now starting to hit secondary schools, with figures showing an increase in the number of pupils in very large classes in the last year

 

  • The number of infant school children (between the age of 5 and 7 years) in classes over 30 has almost trebled since 2010

 

Commenting on the figures, Shadow Schools Minister, Mike Kane, said:

 “These figures expose seven years of Tory failure in our schools. The number of pupils being taught in super-sized classes is skyrocketing while schools face the first real terms cuts to their budgets in a generation.

“This situation is unsustainable. If the Tories wanted to give every child the education they deserve they would ensure that children were not crammed into super-sized classes.

“A Labour Government would ensure that schools are built where they are needed, and cap class sizes at 30 for all primary school pupils.”

 

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South East worst-hit by super-sized classrooms

Labour today publishes analysis of overcrowding in English primary schools with more than half a million pupils being taught in super-size classes. It reveals:   The South East is the...

Today, Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was in Hove to visit FuturLab- an award winning British mobile and console games developer. 

Brighton and Hove is home to one of Europe’s most creative and vibrant digital and IT Clusters; and to a community of entrepreneurs keen to contribute to policies that encourage future growth.

As part of Labour’s week of campaigning on education, Tom, joined by Peter Kyle MP, met with Kirsty Rigden, Development Director and James Marsden, Managing Director at FuturLab to discuss Labour’s plan to invest in the creative and digital economy and to tackle the digital skills crisis head on.

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“Brighton and Hove is at the forefront of the digital revolution, and it’s brilliant to see what so many new tech businesses are doing for the area. 

“FuturLab is at the centre of progress on Virtual Reality and are producing fantastic games. 

"I'm a gamer, I've played thousands of games over the years, but their newest release, Tiny Tracks, was the most impressive virtual reality game I've played yet. 

“If we are going to sustain the success story that is the British Games industry we have to invest from early on and make sure we have an education system that produces the talent we need to sustain growth.

“The current situation where 22% of school IT equipment is ineffective and 65% of computer science teachers don’t have a relevant qualification is just not good enough.

“Labour will make it a priority that the sector gets the support it needs so Brighton and Hove’s success story can be replicated across the country.”

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade, said:

"I'm so proud to be MP for an area that has such talent and creative entrepreneurs. 

“I set up my own digital company twenty years ago so I understand the pressures and the rewards of working in Hove and Portslade - that's why week in, week out I'm working to support these amazing small businesses to grow."

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Notes to Editors:

The core UK games Industry contributed £755m in direct Gross Value Added to the UK economy in 2015. The industry directly employed 12,100 full-time employees in 1,802 active games companies- a growth rate of 63% between 2011-2015 (The games industry in numbers https://ukie.org.uk/research)

Despite the huge growth in the industry, in 2016 a Parliament Science and Technology Select Committee report found that 12 million people in the UK lacked basic digital skills.  (https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmsctech/270/270.pdf

Labour’s plan to invest in the creative and digital economy

Today, Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was in Hove to visit FuturLab- an award winning...

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