Last week I wrote about the financial challenges facing our schools and my commitment to fight to properly protect education funding.
Today the Lib Dems announce bold plans not only to protect funding going forward but to address the emerging deficit in school budgets since 2015.
The Tories remain in complete denial about this issue and our commitment goes significantly beyond the funds promised by Labour. Only the Lib Dems have a plan to truly address this issue, reversing the Tory cuts and investing an extra £7bn per year in education. This funding increase will be fully costed in our manifesto.
The Liberal Democrat announcement today means we will invest a total of over £24m more in schools and colleges in Bracknell over the next parliament.
This funding for Bracknell would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements. This includes over half a million of the funding to protect the Pupil Premium in Bracknell, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.
Children in Bracknell are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers – but Theresa May doesn’t care. Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools. The extra £7bn of funding nationally will ensure no school and no child loses out. We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
“A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.
“Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Bracknell schools.
“Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future.”