Lib Dems will invest £31,360,529 to protect school funding in Sutton

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £31,360,529 more in schools and colleges in Sutton over the next parliament.

The funding for Sutton 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.

£1,247,513 of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

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Tom Brake said:

"Parents and teachers are worried sick by these cuts and the effects that they will have on their children's education. Sutton has some of the best schools in the country and these funding cuts put the achievements of many of those schools at risk.

“Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation. This extra £31,360,529 would ensure no school and no child loses out.

“So far, the Conservative candidate for Carshalton and Wallington has denied there is a funding crisis when nearly every head teacher in the constituency has written to me expressing concerns about a lack of funding. This just shows how out of touch the Tories are.

“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 for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Sutton.

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

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Notes to Editors

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)

These plans will be fully costed in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which will be launched shortly and set out Lib Dem spending plans in more detail.

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 (link)

Since these plans were announced Tom Brake has:

  • Taken the Head teachers of Wilson’s and Carshalton Girls to meet the Schools Minister.

  • Written to the Secretary of State for Education along with 624 local residents, outlining why they oppose the cuts.

  • Discussed with the leader of Sutton Council the impact this would have on local schools.

  • Been in contact with nearly every head teacher in Carshalton and Wallington over the cuts.

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