The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.
Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Wantage constituency will have seen their budgets cut by £3,662,825 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.
This is equivalent to a cut of £189 per pupil. Across the constituency, 94% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.
Dr Richard Benwell, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wantage constituency said
“Books, teachers, extra-curricular activities, facilities, support for high flyers and those who need extra help - all of these and more are threatened by savage cuts to school budgets.
"In Faringdon, Didcot, Wallingford, Wantage and across this constituency, schools are being under-funded and teachers are taking the strain. I know we have some amazing schools here, but they can't go on proving the best for our children when the money isn't there.
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in Wantage constituency. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion a year more on schools and recruit 20,000 more teachers to give every child the skills they need to succeed in life.”
Notes to editors:
A Liberal Democrat government would reverse these cuts to frontline school budgets with an emergency cash injection of £4.6 billion next year.
By 2024/25, the party will spend more than £10 billion extra on schools compared to this year, enough to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 over five years.
The funding will also be used to support children with special educational needs and invest in extra training for teachers.
Notes to LOCAL PARTIES:
The spreadsheet from the NEU’s School Cuts website can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iv61p6oj7i15kn7/AACgHztmZTTsFH27SPqJj5IAa?dl=0&preview=Constituency.xlsx
Data is also available for individual schools in your constituency from the following folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iv61p6oj7i15kn7/AAD_41ZeFG5skoS4kzAW1z-Sa/All%20schools%20by%20constituency?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1