Lib Dems will invest £35,984,971 to protect school funding in Sheffield

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £35,984,971 more in schools and colleges in Sheffield over the next parliament.

The funding for Sheffield 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.

£4,660,444 of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

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.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat candidate for Sheffield Hallam said: 

"Children in Sheffield are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

“Throughout the Coalition Government, I personally insisted that core school budgets were protected in real terms to keep up with both prices and pupil numbers.

"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.

"This extra £35,984,971 of funding would 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 Sheffield.

"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."

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. 

A breakdown of local figures on additional funding by local authority can be found here.

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)

 

 

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