The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest over £45 million more in schools and colleges in Islington over the next parliament. The funding forms part of a national package of measures proposed by the Lib Dems, to invest a total of £6.9 billion more in schools and colleges over the next parliament
This move would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out when funding arrangements change. £2.6 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.
Alain Desmier, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington South and Finsbury and Chair of Governors at Montem Primary School in Islington said:
“Under Conservative proposals, children in Islington will be taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't seem to care.
Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to fall by the biggest amount in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools. The Liberal Democrats will take action to ensure that schools funding in Islington is protected and increased so that children can learn effectively.”
In December 2016, Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office explained that under the Conservative government plans:
“Mainstream schools have to make £3.0 billion in efficiency savings by 2019-20 against a background of growing pupil numbers and a real-terms reduction in funding per pupil." This financial pressure has been particularly damaging to Islington’s schools.
Keith Angus, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington North and Governor at Highbury Fields School for the past ten years said:
“The extra £45 million funding for Islington will ensure our schools don't lose out.
We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
Contact details – Alain Desmier – 07515 90 5536 – firstname.lastname@example.org
National Audit Office report ‘Capital Funding for Schools’ – 22 February 2017
National Audit Office press release ‘Financial sustainability of schools’, 14 Decembre 2016