Exclusive: Bidding war over schools’ extra billions

Labour is locked in last-minute negotiations as the shadow education team seeks to ensure that the party’s forthcoming manifesto offers more extra money to schools than the Conservatives, Tes can reveal.

And the pressure on the official opposition is being ramped up with rumours circulating that the Liberal Democrats are about to pledge another £5 billion on top of the Conservatives’ £7.1 billon extra for schools.

“We’ve been told we’re going to beat the Tories on what they have pledged and what we perceive are cuts,” a Labour source said. “We’ve not been told any more, but we’re expecting that to be the outcome of the Clause V meeting.”

Tes understands that teaching unions have already been putting the pressure on to ensure that the final funding figure for schools is bigger than the Conservative offer.

A source said it could depend on the amount needed to reopen Sure Start centres across England, which could cost an extra £2 billion more than anticipated.

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