Cait Clucas and the Lib Dems promise £7 billion extra for schools

May 16, 2017 7:54 PM

The Lib Dems will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next Parliament.

This funding would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, protect per-pupil funding in real terms, and ensure that every school gets the support it deserves. This goes further than Labour's commitment to reverse £3bn of cuts to school budgets by 2020.

Cait Clucas, candidate for the Tewkesbury Constituency said " On a daily basis I see the impact that rising costs and cuts to funding are having in schools and colleges - the letters to parents asking for money, the reduced curriculum, the shorter school day, redundancies. Conservatives will claim funding has increased but their failure to recognise the true picture is staggering. Instead of investing in our schools, teachers and children we are squandering money on unnecessary free schools and a misguided academy agenda."

Cait

Cait's right - the Tories are misdirecting and cutting funds to disastrous effect. Perhaps the saddest statistic is that - according the National Audit Office - up to 60% of school buildings are in urgent need of repair. How damning! Our schools are quite literally crumbling.

If you want to stop the continued degradation of our precious education system and prevent the Conservatives from bruising it further, vote Lib Dem on 8th June - the strong opposition that Britain needs.

Over the course of the parliament, we will:

• Protect per pupil funding in real terms in schools (£3.3bn)
• Protect further education per pupil funding in real terms (£660m)
• Ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula (£1.26bn)
• Protect the pupil premium in real terms (£415m)
• Invest in continuous professional development for teachers (£165m)

These plans will be fully costed in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which will be launched in due course and set all our spending plans out in more detail. This will include reversing the Government's proposed funding for new grammar

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