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Lib Dems will invest £38m to protect school funding in Southend on Sea

May 11, 2017 6:49 AM

Lib Dems will invest £38m to protect school funding in Southend on Sea

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will invest £38 million more in schools and colleges in Southend-on-Sea over the next parliament.

The funding for Southend 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.

Of the total investment, £10.8 million alone is needed to ensure no school in the area loses out and close to £1.5 million would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Lucy V Salek

Lucy V Salek

Lucy Salek, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate said:

"One of the most important jobs a government does is to educate our children. They deserve better than to be taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers. Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation. The Lib Dems will ensure no school and no child loses out. It will be a stable foundation to allow teachers to get on with teaching."

Peter Gwizdala

Peter Gwizdala

Rochford and Southend East candidate, Peter Gwizdala said:

"The Liberal Democrats will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets. Many schools in Rochford and Southend East have seen great progress in their results but the Conservatives seem intent on undoing the hard work put in by teachers and pupils. We will back schools with the money they need to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

Tim Farron

Tim Farron

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 Southend. Vote for us and you can change Britain's future."

Nationally:
The Liberal Democrats will invest £6.9bn more in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school and no child loses out. Over the course of the Parliament, we will:
• Protect per pupil funding in real terms in schools (£3.31bn)
• 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)
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 schools. A report by the National Audit Office has found school budgets will be slashed by £3bn in real terms by 2019-20 - the equivalent to reducing spending by 8 per cent per pupil, under current government plans.