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  • Article: Dec 3, 2019

    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

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    Crisis as local pensioners and children left without access to NHS dentists

    Residents across Arundel and South Downs are having to travel distances of over 15 miles to access an NHS Dentist, according to recent research, with pensioners, children and those reliant on social care across Arundel, Pulborough, Steyning, Hassocks and Storrington likely to be the most impacted, recent research indicates.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2019

    Welcome to the Constituency

    Boris Johnson's man is parachuted in as Conservative Candidate in Arundel and South Downs

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Arundel and South Downs, Alison Bennett, has welcomed the announcement that Andrew Griffith has been selected by the Conservatives to stand against her in the General Election, following the resignation of the long-standing incumbent Nick Herbert.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2019

    Tories and Labour in disarray with no candidates

    Lib Dems only major party with established candidate for Arundel & South Downs, as Tories and Labour scramble to field candidates

    With Tuesday's shock resignation of Arundel & South Downs Conservative MP, Nick Herbert, the Liberal Democrats have accused both the Tories and Labour of taking local voters for granted by failing to name candidates for the general election - an election which has been expected for many months.