£30m funding promise for Solihull and Meriden schools


Schools and colleges in Solihull Borough have been promised £30 million extra funding if the Liberal Democrats win power in the General Election on 8 June.

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The Liberal Democrats have committed to reversing the cuts to school funding by investing £7bn in schools nationally to protect per pupil funding. By investing an additional £30 million in Solihull’s schools over the next parliament, the Lib Dems will ensure no school and no child loses out. £24.1m of the funding will protect the per pupil funding in real terms. Support to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children will also be protected with £1.7 million earmarked to protect the pupil premium for Solihull’s schoolchildren.

The Lib Dems will reverse the billions of pounds which are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

Parliamentary Candidate for Meriden Antony Rogers said:

“Teachers aren’t calling for grammar schools, they’re calling for the resources to educate our young and set them up to succeed. Government vanity projects mean constantly moving the goalposts for teachers. This is unfair. We need to let our teachers get on with the job of educating our young people.”

Investing £30 million of funding for schools in Solihull Borough means every child will have the opportunity to succeed.

Speaking about Lib Dem plans at the national level, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said:

“Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers – but Theresa May doesn't care.

“While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

“This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

“Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.

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

 


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