Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has revealed new Government figures showing how serious the problem of teacher vacancies has become in Hertfordshire. This year there are 50 vacancies in local schools. Only last week, he highlighted the shortage of GPs across Hertfordshire, which had risen from three to 60 in one year.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “I wrote to the Government in September to protest at the puny allocation of funds to Hertfordshire to fund starter homes for teachers and other public sector staff. Sadly, these latest vacancy figures reflect the Government?s failure adequately to cater for the high cost of living in the county.

    “In addition to high living costs, burgeoning bureaucracy right the way down from the Department of Education and Skills to local education authorities continues to drive dedicated teachers away from the profession. Although teacher vacancies are even worse in many other parts of the country, the recruitment problem in Hertfordshire cannot be ignored by the Government.

    “The Government must act now before the education of more local children is damaged.?