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Press Release: Lib Dems will reverse school cuts in Arundel & South Downs

December 3, 2019 7:49 PM

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 Arundel & South Downs will have seen their budgets cut significantly. As a local example Hassocks Infant School by 2020/21 will have an annual budget shortfall of £56,430 in real terms since 2015, with above average class sizes and well below average funding. Across the constituency this equates to a significant cut per pupil and a significant number of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015. This is a reoccurring theme across Arundel and South Downs.

Alison Bennett, Liberal Democrat candidate for Arundel and South Downs said:

"Young people across Arundel and South Downs, deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life.

"But instead, the Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Across the country, hundreds of schools rely on handouts from local parents or cut staff numbers to make ends meet. Some schools are even shortening the school day because they can't afford to keep children at school for a five-day week.

"As the next MP for Arundel and South Downs, I will fight to reverse school cuts so that our children can get the resources they need to learn.

"Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in Arundel and South Downs. 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."

ENDS

Alison Bennett, Parliamentary Candidate
Email - alison.bennett@arundelsouthdowns-libdems.org.uk

Deborah Miarkowska, PR & Media Lead:
Email - deborah.miarkowska@arundelsouthdowns-libdems.org.uk

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.

Resources to ensure accuracy of data outlined:

The spreadsheet from the NEU's School Cuts website can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iv61p6oj7i15kn7/AACgHztmZTTsFH27SPqJj5IAa?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