Lib Dems will invest £60.5million to protect school funding in Lambeth


The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £60.5million more in schools and colleges in Lambeth over the next parliament.

The funding would reverse all the Conservative cuts currently planned to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school and no child loses out from changes to funding arrangements. 

£3.3million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children. It is part of the party's £7billion pledge to invest in education, where schools are facing a funding crisis.

The Tory government's proposed changes to the national funding formula put Lambeth among the worst affected areas, according to the Education Policy Institute, with all schools in the borough losing funding, including 28 schools in the constituency of Vauxhall, which face a 2.8% cut.

George Turner, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Vauxhall, said: "The school system is already under a massive amount of strain with demoralised teachers and a shortage of new recruits. Cutting funding for schools and education is probably one of the worst ideas the Tories have come up with. The long term damage to our economy that will be done by decreasing education funding is incalculable."

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