Conor has slammed the Government after figures he obtained revealed less money is spent on educating young children on Merseyside than the rest of the country.
Conor is demanding action from Education Secretary Justine Greening after the shocking findings emerged in parliamentary questions he asked.
Across England, an average of хЃ4.56 per hour in central Government cash is spent on the education of three and four-year-old children.
However, according to the information obtained by Labour MP Mr McGinn, far less is spent on the early years education of children across Merseyside.
The replies to Conor from Education Minister Caroline Dinenage revealed all five Merseyside boroughs get below the national average of хЃ4.56 per hour spent on each child.
In the worst case, the figures showed Halton will get just хЃ3.54 per hour to spent on three and four-year-olds this year ‰лв almost хЃ1 an hour less than the national average.
St Helens gets just хЃ3.61 per child per hour from central Government towards the education of three and four-year-olds. хЪThe figure is 95p per hour below the national average of хЃ4.56.
In Knowsley, central Government funds amount to хЃ4.49 per hour for the borough’s three and four-year-olds. хЪSefton receives хЃ4.03 per child per hour ‰лв just ahead of Wirral which gets хЃ4.02.
In her parliamentary answerхЪto Conor,хЪMs Dinenage saidхЪthe national average hourly rate paid in 2016-17 by the Department of Education to local authorities in England is хЃ4.56 for three and four year olds and хЃ5.09 for two year olds, including the early years pupil premium.
Commenting Conor said:
“For all their talk of a Northern Powerhouse, the Government is still short-changing Merseyside when it comes to education.
“It’s a disgrace that in some areas almost хЃ1 an hour less is spent on educating young children on Merseyside compared to the rest of the country. That is unfair and unjust.
“The figures that I have obtained show Tory Ministers are betraying a generation of young pupils in Merseyside by starving local authorities of the funds they need to drive up education standards.
“We need a level playing field where children on Merseyside get the same opportunities and as much Government funding as children in the rest of the country.
“Theresa May and her Education Secretary Justine Greening should end their obsession with reintroducing selection in education with new grammar schools and focus on properly funding schools across Merseyside.”

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