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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
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Rail employee Simmi Sharma

Rail employee Simmi Sharma watched Chancellor Gordon Brown outline the spending review.

Here is her verdict on the government's plans.

11 billion by 2005 for transport is a fair percentage in comparison to the amount other services have received.

However, in reality, it will only scratch the surface for the industry.

The railways alone need huge investments for new rolling stock and the upgrading of infrastructure.

They also needs investment for more staff and training along with the train protection warning system (which stops trains going through red lights). This is an essential safety measure.

Money should also be spent on improving stations to make them more female and family friendly.

On the whole, I'm a little disappointed with the figures.

However as a parent, I feel quite positive about the increased spending on education.

In particular I approve of the decision to allow head teachers to increase their personal budget.

Surely this will allow for wiser spending decisions which will benefit of our children's education.

Investing in staffing has to be a priority.

Teacher student ratios should be lowered, children should have a larger degree of personal attention, and be nurtured, in order for them to fully reach their personal potential.


The government's plans for future spending are published on 15 July

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